The Strain: Season 1 Reviews

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July 11, 2014
The horror-disaster-supernatural mashup thriller... is creepily captivating but most assuredly not for the squeamish, or for nervous fliers.
July 10, 2014
Whether you prefer your fear to be delivered as an extended psychological tease, or sudden gruesome bolts of old-fashioned lethal violence, The Strain gets the job done.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
July 10, 2014
Satisfying -- but you might never eat spaghetti again.
Full Review | Original Score: A
July 10, 2014
"The Strain" is garbage, and I kind of love it.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 9, 2014
At times the portentous dialogue can sound hokey, but for the most part, the slick pilot and three subsequent episodes set the tone for a series with enough of a hook to get under one's skin.
July 9, 2014
The Strain has a kind of earnest and respectful fanboyishness, in which every single ridiculous element mandated by the genre is rendered seriously but not exactly unknowingly.
July 7, 2014
The Strain gets over its early case of the jitters and settles in to instead inflict them on viewers. By the end of Episode 4, the series is earning its mettle as a truly macabre, chilling and rousing war of attrition.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
July 6, 2014
Beneath the hamminess and questionable mythology lurks a terrifying tale about a viral outbreak linked to vampirism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.4
July 3, 2014
This is cult-classic, midnight-movie horror, designed in meticulous, mythology-respecting detail for comic-book readers and fangirls and -boys.
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 25, 2014
The cast is great throughout and production values are high but it feels like something that might have worked in a shorter form -- 8 episodes or even a film -- and has been narratively stretched to meet the order for a season.
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