• Network: Hulu
  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 25, 2018
Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Dave Trumbore
    Jul 11, 2018
    100
    Shaw, Thomason, Abrams & Co. really nail the core concepts of King’s storytelling here. Each character gets a good amount of screen time to focus on introspection. ... Castle Rock is a can’t-miss series for Stephen King fans and a must-watch horror show for fans of dark, thrilling, character-focused mysteries.
  2. Reviewed by: Kristen Baldwin
    Jul 11, 2018
    91
    Though most characters are new (Scott Glenn’s Alan Pangborn, a sheriff who appeared in Needful Things and The Dark Half, is one exception), for King fans the world of Castle Rock will be inescapably familiar. Spending time here feels, in many ways, like coming home--with all of the excitement and dread such a visit entails.
  3. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Jul 11, 2018
    83
    Smart, fun scares; deeply felt, well-founded characters; layers of story to decipher, along with the references--what more could you want in a new piece of the Stephen King library?
  4. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Jul 11, 2018
    80
    Though its eerie aesthetics are far from daring, it delivers routinely suspenseful revelations and set pieces even as it takes its creeping-death time developing its characters and scenario, all in order to build toward some greater horror.
  5. Reviewed by: Dave Nemetz
    Jul 11, 2018
    75
    The early episodes are a little scattered, plot-wise, trying to juggle a multitude of narratives across several timelines, and it takes a while for the storytelling to find its footing. But the Henry Deaver and Skarsgård threads are strong throughout, and the more you learn about this town, the richer and more enthralling the story becomes.
  6. Reviewed by: Michael Haigis
    Jul 17, 2018
    63
    Its puzzle-box plot is the Stephen King Mad Libs version of a straightforward mystery that, even in its most engrossing moments, lacks the pulpy imagination of the author's finest work. There are jump scares, and one sequence involving a children's game is disturbing, but even at its most frightening, Castle Rock is never surprising.
  7. Reviewed by: Erik Adams
    Jul 12, 2018
    58
    The show excels at bookending its episodes with big set pieces and stylish suspense sequences. It lets the slack out in between, when all those stories have to jockey for position with the mythology and characters, who are still only partially formed nearly halfway through the season. Castle Rock has to have a lot of personality, because a lot of the people living there don’t.
  8. Reviewed by: Daniel D'Addario
    Jul 11, 2018
    50
    It’s eerie-by-the-numbers, repeatedly telling us quite how scared we ought to be, without yet building characters for whom we feel sympathetic fear.
  9. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Jul 11, 2018
    50
    The failure to get hooked in the story was becoming particularly frustrating by the fourth episode, which at least pushes the series forward by the end. Generally, the show isn't at all scary, nor is it all that suspenseful, and I can't quite put my finger even on the exact genre it's working in.

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