The Outsider: Season 1 Reviews

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February 26, 2020
Much like Holly convincing cops to believe in monsters, the entire cast gives understated, realistic performances, making this one of the best horror series in a while - particularly for skeptics.
February 21, 2020
A stellar cast includes Bateman, Ben Mendelsohn, Cynthia Erivo and a whole host of others, not to mention fine scripts by the highly gifted Richard Price.
February 19, 2020
The story is a slog, though, and I think it's the biggest hurdle viewers will face. Assuming it ends well, I feel like The Outsider would work better as a binge watch.
February 14, 2020
The Outsider pulls off a remarkable high-wire balancing act... It's classic King, this eruption of the otherworldly in the midst of Middle American normality.
February 12, 2020
[H]aunting in the very best sense of the word.
February 7, 2020
Dark Stephen King adaptation is violent, slow.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 5, 2020
The revelations are delivered too slowly. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 24, 2020
Hauntingly real and respectfully adhering to its book form from the outset, this is not only a win for Stephen King's 'Constant Readers', but it's also an absolute must-see for those that crave seriously intense thrillers.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
January 22, 2020
I think in the long run it is worth at least one watch-through, but you will have to get through the less interesting first few episodes to get to some actual meat.
January 22, 2020
The story's remorselessly tightening grip is underpinned by the way the unfolding weirdness is kept firmly anchored in daily lives and humdrum detail.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 21, 2020
Quite whether it needed to be this bloody slow, or all the jails and strip joints and forests in Georgia seemingly filmed through that same cowl, is up for debate. For all that, if you allow this to grab, it will.
January 19, 2020
The whirlingly macabre, ruthlessly tense, and transfixingly spooky mood of The Outsider makes the mini-series a must-see this spring.
January 14, 2020
Richard Price did an excellent job in maintaining the suspense and terror in each of the episodes. [Full review in Spanish]
January 14, 2020
Richard Price's adaptation... does not disappoint. [Full review in Spanish]
January 14, 2020
The fear is tangible. So is the grief. How quickly tragedy can strike, and how inexplicable it can seem. But there is a purpose here, and as is the case with so much of Stephen King's work, that purpose is rooted in hatred and evil.
January 14, 2020
Once "The Outsider" becomes more of a conventional thriller, trading over some of its atmosphere for more classic suspense and twists, it still never loses its depths.
January 14, 2020
It remains to be seen whether The Outsider can pull off its pivot into the paranormal and deliver a satisfying pay-off. However, this opening bill certainly haunted the imagination.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 14, 2020
The details pile up, but intrigue fails to mount... Thank God, then, for the arrival of Cynthia Erivo as Holly Gibney, whose performance is so good that it slaps you awake.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 13, 2020
HBO's choice to air these first two unrelentingly grim episodes back to back is a smart one-and not just because it's the perfect set-up for some clever, tension-easing joke about how director and star Jason Bateman can possibly be in two places at once.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Top Critic
January 13, 2020
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.
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