Marvel's Helstrom: Season 1 Reviews

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October 23, 2020
There isn't anything inherently objectionable about it. It simply comes off feeling a lot blander than something like this should.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.75/5
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October 22, 2020
In the first five episodes made available to press, a general lack of focus prevails, as those plot threads and others keep piling up and unspooling without intersecting.
October 22, 2020
It's moody and ominous but superficially. There are glimpses of something more compelling buried in the usual, but the show hasn't found its footing or identity yet.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
October 20, 2020
In the end, there's nothing that's wrong with Helstrom that couldn't have been fixed with a little more attention and care... Helstrom has its charms, but all these small problems combine to make it a frustrating watch.
October 20, 2020
Hulu's Helstrom keeps its focus too firmly set on the rearview mirror.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 19, 2020
The implementation of horror and supernatural elements usually works best when it's in examination of the human condition and Helstrom fails in its refusal to do that.
October 19, 2020
With its formulaic plot, low stakes and plodding pace, Helstrom fails to connect as a family drama or a supernatural horror adventure. The series is a true wasted opportunity to take a deeper dive into the scarier side of the Marvel Universe.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
October 19, 2020
A bland last gasp for Marvel Television.
October 19, 2020
Tonewise, Helstrom is a dark thriller with plenty of supernatural touches, but it also pokes fun at supernatural stuff. There are gallows humor and sarcasm in plentiful supply, along with a strong sense of world-weariness.
October 16, 2020
Given that Helstrom is already the last piece of a TV administration Marvel has moved away from, nothing here is good enough to make an investment in. Check out CBS' actually clever, actually scary Evil instead.
October 16, 2020
Though the family dynamics give Helstrom its emotional weight, the overarching mythology is what keeps you intrigued.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 16, 2020
Helstrom is as generic as any other serial killer TV series. Everyone involved puts in a solid effort to make this a worthwhile watch, but it isn't scary enough and it isn't unique enough to commit ten hours of your life to.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
October 16, 2020
A horror series in name and appearance only, Helstrom remains a lame-duck brand property to the core.
October 15, 2020
Now lacking a 'Marvel Originals' moniker, Helstrom is missing clear stakes and intriguing characters, too.
October 15, 2020
Helstrom is worth the watch and while it does not have the immediacy of something like The Boys, it's a worthwhile story for those missing their Marvel injections this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 15, 2020
Those looking for thrills beyond the generic variety may want more than this superpowered exorcist series...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 15, 2020
Unfortunately the overall slow pacing & focus on the emotional family drama result in a missed opportunity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 13, 2020
Thunderously dull.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
October 12, 2020
An intriguing and promising first half of the season, thanks to magnetic characters and fun dynamics. [Full Review in Spanish]
October 11, 2020
Helstrom ends up neither heavenly nor hellish, but rather something right down the middle.
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