The River: Season 1 Reviews

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September 7, 2018
Skarsgård's acting chops make this a must-see oddity.
April 11, 2018
You may not be terrified while you watch, but you'll definitely be intrigued.
February 23, 2012
The performances are good but constrained by the parameters of scary-story acting:
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 7, 2012
We hope that it embraces its inner Lost and heads right on in to the heart of darkness.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
February 7, 2012
"The River" is an exciting and scary trip.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 7, 2012
The creators deserve credit for one thing: There is nothing that looks like this show on television right now.
February 7, 2012
The River is a highly unrealistic story shot in hyperrealistic style, which is the source of its strengths and some problems.
February 7, 2012
After swimming in its silliness for two hours, I can only say "The River" goes downhill fast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 7, 2012
All these characters seem modestly interesting, but none, at least on first acquaintance, feel compelling. Nor are we drawn into their quest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 7, 2012
The format feels more gimmicky than revelatory.
February 7, 2012
Depending on your tolerance, it's either a ridiculous presentation best suited to a drinking game or a paranormal adventure that owes everything to "Lost."
February 7, 2012
Yes, it's scary, but it also has moments of stupidity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 7, 2012
Fans of "American Horror Story's" kitchen-sink method might wish for more fake blood, but I prefer more subtlety, and "The River's" second hour, particularly, struck me as plenty creepy.
February 7, 2012
Neither intriguing nor particularly scary, and it doesn't help that there's hardly a glimmer of humor
February 7, 2012
Even as they're being chased by bloodsucking jungle phantoms, the crew keeps filming. One of them gets his head ripped off, but sadly for us, his camera remains in good working order.
February 7, 2012
The pilot is close to something big.
February 7, 2012
The series manages to serve up a legitimate fright or two, but it needs to slow down.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 7, 2012
The river itself, oddly enough, isn't that interesting.
February 7, 2012
Be not afraid. Be very not afraid. (But you will be amused.)
Full Review | Original Score: C+
February 7, 2012
The River seems like stale tap water, unworthy of any prolonged big drink of time or effort.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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