Critic Consensus: "Haunted Houses" retreads too many clichés from the detective genre, even when its actors do a stellar job of killing time.
as Rust Cohle
as Martin Hart
as Ken Quesada
as Maggie Hart
as Lisa Tragnetti
as Det. Thomas Papania
as Det. Maynard Gilbough
as Laurie Perkins
as Billy Lee Tuttle
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Critic reviews for Haunted Houses
It's a credit to the acting abilities of Woody Harrelson, Michelle Monaghan, and Matthew McConaughey that they make this oldest of stories feel so vital.
We find out why Marty Hart and Rust Cohle had such a bitter falling out in 2002, and finally meet the power player somehow involved in the cult killings, in this fairly by-the-book (but still gripping) episode of True Detective.
It's become clear that the truth of the resolution will transcend our theories and hearken back to choices that have been postponed for years.
"Haunted Houses..." demonstrates some of the pitfalls of the structure Pizzolatto's using. It's essentially an hour of filling in the blanks.
As an episode, "Haunted Houses" doesn't pack the narrative wallop that "Who Goes There" or last week's superlative "The Secret Fate of All Life," but this is primarily because the purpose of the episode is to take a step back.
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