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Although this adaptation is too well-heeled for its pulpy material, the show has a terrific plot hook, and once I made peace with its moody rhythms, I found myself hooked, devouring the six hours available for preview in two nights.
To have a work of ostensible horror that keeps undermining the ideas and conventions of the genre feels like an odd kind of compromise.
The Outsider offers terrific performances, beguiling yet careful storytelling, and no shortage of genuinely terrifying moments.
"The Outsider" is a largely downcast affair... But it's a compelling lament, one that has its feet on the ground as it reaches into the beyond.
With the help of a great cast (led by Ben Mendelsohn) and eerie, stark direction from Emmy-winner Jason Bateman, "The Outsider" isn't on the level of Price's past work - but it's far better than this story has any right to be.
Price's adaptation not only plays to the original novel's strengths, it realizes it with terrific filmmaking and some master-class acting.
A show about loss, grief and the limits of belief. Wonderfully executed by an admirable cast. [Full review in Spanish].
The Outsider is a slow burn from the start, but still kept me on the edge of my seat. With multiple twists and turns, it is a true thriller - and more than worth a binge.
Molly is already one of the female characters of the year. [Full Review in Spanish]
From the opening moments of the show, it laid itself out as much of a mood piece as a procedural...Every single shot was framed for maximum weirdness and tension.
Audience Reviews for The Outsider: Season 1
Jan 20, 2021While I liked the series overall, I think it would have been even better without the supernatural aspect. The story works best when it's operating as a mysterious police procedural. So they first episodes are awesome, but it tends to fade for me at the end. King should have kept the antagonist as just a creepy, ritualistic, weird serial killer instead of what it turns out to be. More real life, like "True Detective" or "Se7en". I had the same problem with "Mr. Mercedes." While I liked it overall, I wish Brady didn't have the supernatural powers.
Jan 15, 2021The first few episodes were worth watching, but after a while the plot becomes very predictable. There is nothing creepy or surprising in this show. The season finale is an absolute disappointment.
Jan 13, 2021Seen it twice, baby.
Jan 10, 2021Excellent, extremely creepy show
Jan 02, 2021good not great. Ending was a real letdown.
Jan 02, 2021The first two episodes were gripping. However, the remaining episodes were slow and plodding, barely moving the story forward. The highlight was Cynthia Erivo as Holly - great acting and chemistry with Ben Mendelsohn (Ralph) and Derek Cecil (Andy). The remaining characters practically do nothing until the last episode. The ending was anti-climactic. Would not recommend!
Dec 30, 2020This series starts as a well-made (though fairly standard) police procedural and gradually transforms into a horror film. The story-telling is quite effective. The closest parallel is to the horror episodes of the "The X Files." The creators seem to acknowledge this connection when the detective asked his clairvoyant partner, "What else is out there?" during the rather prolonged 10th episode epilogue.
Nov 30, 2020Not your typical Stephen King dross. Still had some goofy moments, but very good acting and produced well.
Nov 11, 2020I own the book and love the tv series. Season 2 a must. Hoping to see a few seasons come out.
Oct 17, 2020Give it at least seven episodes to really really get into it. Be patient. Awesome show.