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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
2d agoThis was an uneven, though ultimately satisfying thriller. There were some genuine terrifying moments but not enough and the story was somewhat difficult to follow. My recommendation is to stick with it - It is in the end, worth it.
5d agoWhat a deeply creepy and wonderful show.
Feb 12, 2021It sure would have earned a four or five star rating until they just had to turn it into some supernatural mumbo jumbo. The acting was top notch but the entire premise just seems tired and old.
Feb 07, 2021The first couple episodes were pretty cool but I genuinely don't understand the overwhelmingly favorable reviews. It had flat, predictable, seen-before characters, and a plot that become uninteresting half way through a single season. This is one I'll never watch, or probably think about, ever again.
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!