Stephen King's Bag of Bones: Season 1 (2011)


Critic Consensus: Bag of Bones tells a predictable story that plods along to a violent, convoluted ending.


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Air date: Dec 11, 2011
Air date: Dec 12, 2011

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In a two-part adaptation of the best seller, "Stephen King's Bag of Bones," novelist Mike Noonan (Pierce Brosnan) grieving over the loss of his wife Jo (Annabeth Gish) travels to a lakeside home where he's haunted by a ghost. While there he befriends widow Mattie Devore (Melissa George) and her daughter Kyra. Mike quickly becomes embroiled in the middle of Mattie's fight for custody of Kyra.

Critic Reviews for Stephen King's Bag of Bones Season 1

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (16)

Above all, there is [Pierce] Brosnan. You feel his pain as Bag of Bones hits you over the head.

Dec 11, 2011 | Full Review…

We've all enjoyed hearing corny ghost stories at night, but our enjoyment depends on the teller's commitment and artfulness. Bag of Bones needs more of both.

Dec 11, 2011 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Like Cujo, it's a dog.

Dec 11, 2011 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It is hollow and - boo! - not scary.

Dec 11, 2011 | Full Review…

The cast is limited by a script that often calls for caricatures.

Dec 11, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Sure, there are some fun moments. Sure Brosnan looks mah-velous. He always does. But a little less plodding plot and a lot more action, please.

Dec 11, 2011 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

Bag of Bones looks and sounds great and is definitely one of his stronger King mini-series adaptations to date.

Dec 11, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The adaptation, as far more macabre than the book, left me far more unsettled.

Dec 11, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Brosnan is often good but he is overshadowed by an increasingly ridiculous story.

Dec 11, 2011 | Full Review…

The adaptation of King's novel is too long by one night, plodding to a resolution that most viewers will have figured out by the time it drags them there.

Dec 11, 2011 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Stephen King's Bag of Bones: Season 1

If you think the movie was bad, then you better not watch the adaptation. It stars Brosnan as a writer who deals with grief of losing his wife, but he is also plagued by a supernatural force. It was bad but it followed the book. There were a few gore if those were any redeeming factors at all.


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