Stranger Things: Season 1 Reviews

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August 24, 2016
The films "Stranger Things" honors transcended their genres. This seems happy to propitiate them.
Full Review | Original Score: B
August 15, 2016
Stranger Things might feel like a mere retro roller coaster were it not for that slow drip of sorrow and trauma, the residue of Reagan-era anxiety about the nuclear family.
August 8, 2016
For the most part, and in absolute defiance of the odds, Stranger Things honors its source material in the best way possible: By telling a sweet 'n' scary story in which monsters are real but so are the transformative powers of love and fealty.
July 28, 2016
By its end, after eight episodes, Stranger Things becomes darker and more frightening than its opening suggests. It's also somewhat hopeful.
July 27, 2016
Yes, this show lives in the past, but it isn't stuck there. Where, say, Fuller House or The X-Files ask if you remember your old life, Stranger Things reminds you of what it's like to be alive right now.
July 26, 2016
In the hands of its directors, the Duffer Brothers, Stranger Things is at turns touching (when it explores teenage love and friendship) and harrowing (when it follows the creature that turns out to be terrorizing the town).
May 8, 2019
Outstanding. All killer; no filler episodes!
Full Review | Original Score: A+
April 11, 2019
I was completely absorbed.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
November 16, 2018
They will melt your hearts, especially Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven.
October 10, 2018
The Duffers clearly understand what makes these properties beloved, delivering a rich original story that takes place in Anytown, USA.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 28, 2018
In all manners of ways then, Stranger Things represents the quintessential film-making design that is known as remix culture.
August 22, 2018
Indeed, by the fifth episode, you can pretty much see how it's all going to end. With this work, the pleasures of mystery solving are nothing compared to the pleasures of bathing in the ambience of 1980s cinema.
August 21, 2018
It's scary when it means to be scary. It's endearing when it's meant to be endearing. And overall, it's a delight to watch.
July 11, 2018
Stranger Things is a love letter for the 80s. [Full Review in Spanish]
June 27, 2018
Winona Ryder delivers one of her best performances to date and the child actors who played the roles of Lucas, Dustin, and Mike were spectacular.
June 23, 2018
We all fell for it, and fast - with even the death of a minor character provoking mass internet rage. #Justice4Barb
June 23, 2018
Created by Matt and Ross Duffer... Stranger Things embraces the 1980s in all the right ways, from the score to the eye-popping costumes to the genuinely frightening scares.
May 22, 2018
With a stellar cast of child actors and several different characters whose hidden secrets we desperately want to see explored, Stranger Things hits every note necessary to motivate a weekend-long Netflix binge.
February 22, 2018
I believe all the hype. Everything that every person said...yes, this show is AWESOME.
January 23, 2018
Stranger Things is exactly what it intended to be, maybe more. It's a legitimate, validated story with quality film-making.
July 20, 2016
The show is very good at what it does. Very little time is wasted on exposition, on subplots. The scares are genuinely scary and the risks apparent.
July 19, 2016
What I like most about Stranger Things is the way the creators, the Duffer Brothers, never short-shrift the emotional content of the show, in favor of thrills and CGI. They know the frights won't truly register if we don't much care about the people.
July 18, 2016
This new Netflix series extends beyond the bounds of mere tribute. It's more like a portal into the kid-focused, fantasy-fueled, occasionally frightening films of that decade - pictures like E.T., Poltergeist, The Goonies, and Gremlins.
Top Critic
July 18, 2016
There's love here, while the cast - which is good - also brings its game.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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