The Terror: Infamy Reviews

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December 3, 2019
It's creepy and compelling.
December 3, 2019
Infamy frequently takes detours toward schlocky scares that detract from its attempts to say something deeper.
December 3, 2019
There's a strength of character and a conceptual meatiness to Infamy that belies its occasionally on-the-nose writing and somewhat erratic pacing.
December 3, 2019
Though creepy and often effective, its supernatural horror plot is largely built around clichés involving women and motherhood, which are harder to sustain as compelling drama over a 10-episode season.
October 16, 2019
As a historical drama, The Terror: Infamy got a lot right, and as a Japanese American, I was gratified to see this painful era captured in a production anchored by Asian Americans.
September 5, 2019
The table-setting in the early episodes has felt quite rushed at times, which is surprising given that season creators Max Borenstein and Alexander Woo are presumably setting us up for a long, slow burn.
September 3, 2019
Infamy's dual sources of terror don't quite cohere into a single story. Part of the problem may lie in the writing and plotting. But the show also seems to offer different things to different viewers.
August 23, 2019
Excellent and deeply moving.
August 19, 2019
The blend of J-horror tropes with history and family drama makes The Terror: Infamy a worthy addition to this growing anthology and makes it very difficult for AMC to find a story that will be good enough for a third chapter.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
August 16, 2019
"The Terror: Infamy" makes you uncomfortable, using your anticipation of historical events to cast dread over each action and ultimately utilizes knowledge of the established horror visuals to keep you uneasy.
August 14, 2019
Ultimately, we're just waiting to get to the end now so we can be done with it - and that's disappointing for a show that was so strong in its season.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.2/5
August 14, 2019
Good intentions only get you so far. As a work of horror filmmaking, this doesn't go very far at all.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Top Critic
August 13, 2019
Infamy also features a wonderfully varied range of responses from the Japanese nationals and Japanese Americans in the camps.
August 13, 2019
"Infamy" is thematically rich beyond that, especially in how it navigates the old ways, the new, and the messy realities in which they collide.
August 13, 2019
Infamy would have worked just as well without a supernatural element, which is probably saying something about just how scary this season's story actually is.
August 13, 2019
Takei is better than the younger cast, but the tale's supernatural blend is interestingly evocative.
August 13, 2019
At times, the premiere feels a bit unruly, a patchwork of scenes that don't really flow from one to the next, brought down even more by the script's stilted dialogue. The pacing really feels off
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
August 13, 2019
While plenty of lauded television shows over the past several years have tried to tap into the fears of growing fascism in real life, none have managed to be as incisive, or as shocking, as The Terror.
August 13, 2019
The Terror: Infamy will thrive if it leans on the fear of the families while they're in the camps, because of how real and relevant it feels to viewers.
August 13, 2019
The premiere episode is rife with omens and unsettling atmosphere, not to mention family secrets. Though amidst its questions of guilt, repression and cultural (un)belonging, the series also picks its historical moment with uncanny precision.
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