Under the Dome: Season 1 Reviews

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March 29, 2019
The first hour delivers lots of popcorn thrills. And over coming episodes, you just know the town's resources will dwindle, anxieties will increase, alliances will be formed and dark secrets will be revealed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 29, 2019
Under the Dome manages to be a domestic drama, a disaster film, and a horror-filled science-fiction tale rolled into one, with some romance, humor, and pathos thrown in for good measure.
March 29, 2019
The pilot establishes an eerie claustrophobic dread, and well-budgeted special effects add intensity. But I do hope the writers don't string out the central question too long.
July 20, 2018
Crammed with familiar Stephen King themes: the ravens, the dank woods, the clinker-built houses, the sheriff who sleeps in his own cells.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 17, 2018
Despite the producers' inexplicable decision to populate their version of Chester's Mill with more generic players, Dome is wellplotted and well-paced, and makes for mildly diverting small-screen fare.
November 8, 2013
For all its occasional predictability and melodrama, when Under the Dome is good, it's very good. When it falls flat, it's still good enough to stay tuned for the next installment.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
November 6, 2013
Creatively, Dome was a big ol' mess, understandably rewriting whole swaths of King's book in order to make it more TV-friendly, but frequently tripping up its own characterizations and internal logic in the process.
September 23, 2013
Under the Dome turned into a giant mess; to stick with the house metaphor, there was mold in the basement and the plumbing didn't work.
September 17, 2013
Under the Dome ends its first season in a fittingly frustrating, aimless, and downright embarrassing fashion.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
June 26, 2013
[Jim and Duke's] exchange wasn't exactly subtle[,but] it's indicative of the episode on the whole in that it carries a confident assurance of what the show wants to do and how it will do it - with an effective whimper instead of a flashy bang.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 26, 2013
For those who haven't had this particular itch scratched in a great number of years, it's good to have the master of horror back where we can spend all summer agonizing along with his characters as the sinister starts hitting the fan.
June 25, 2013
It's summer, it's Stephen King, it's small-town Pennsylvania, and it's a great concept; I'm in.
June 25, 2013
More so than most series, mystery-driven genre shows demand a wait-and-see attitude from viewers, so I'm tamping my enthusiasm accordingly. But this Dome is promising.
June 25, 2013
Under the Dome's pilot episode was exactly what it should have been: a gripping intro for a show that I'm now excited to dig into every Monday night, not to mention its excellent summer timing for a series of its kind.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.1/10
June 25, 2013
It's not profound and it may take a while to reach terrifying, but as a campfire story, a fresh batch of characters in a time-tested tale, sure, why not?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 25, 2013
The intriguing Stephen King adaption is filled with storytelling promise.
June 25, 2013
Based on the pilot episode -- with its taut script, strong performances and special effects that are impressive without being overwhelming -- there's hope that Under The Dome might measure up to its unsettling print progenitor.
June 25, 2013
The episode is an effective stage-setter, focused mainly on the townspeople's reaction to suddenly being cut off from the world and less on the mechanics of living in a dome without power and a limited supply of food.
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 25, 2013
What happens when the world's most prolific writer, Stephen King, and the insanely prolific producer Steven Spielberg get together? What else? You know bad things will befall good people in a small town, of course.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
June 25, 2013
Looks like a summer winner.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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