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  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 25, 2018
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 75 Ratings

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  • Summary: Death row attorney Henry (Andre Holland) returns to his hometown of Castle Rock, Maine after receiving a call from Shawshank in this psychological horror series from J.J. Abrams and Stephen King.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Horror
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 35
  2. Negative: 1 out of 35
  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: Mark A. Perigard
    Jul 24, 2018
    83
    Castle Rock shows a tremendous investment of time and creativity. It’s worth your walk on the dark side.
  3. Reviewed by: Karen Han
    Jul 23, 2018
    80
    King’s work is at its most frightening when its monsters are more familiar than abstract, reminiscent of the darkness we might encounter every day in others and in ourselves. Castle Rock manages to capture the fear that comes from recognizing that darkness, and as long as the show doesn’t get too preoccupied with the more conventional horrors lurking just offscreen, it may just become the scariest series on TV.
  4. Reviewed by: Mark Dawidziak
    Jul 24, 2018
    70
    This is a solid case of so far, so pretty good.
  5. 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.
  6. Reviewed by: Terry Terrones
    Jul 24, 2018
    58
    Bill Skarsgard, despite minimal dialogue and a slight frame, is genuinely creepy and menacing as a prisoner who may be more than he seems. Genuine performances such as Skarsgard’s should keep audiences invested even when Castle Rock temporarily veers off course.
  7. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Jul 24, 2018
    30
    If it’s meant to frighten, it’s not very good at that. If it’s meant to ruminate on the nature of evil, then that message never gets through. If it’s meant to creep you out, then it barely registers. ... The first three episodes, which premiere in one chunk Wednesday (a new episode will be released each week), spend too much time laying groundwork, meting out clues and references at such a sluggish pace that they’re not worth noting, unless the show considers its mission to act as a Stephen King book club.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 20
  2. Negative: 4 out of 20
  1. Jul 27, 2018
    10
    Three episodes in and i have to say that they are doing small town mystery right. These three episodes have been pretty much dedicated toThree episodes in and i have to say that they are doing small town mystery right. These three episodes have been pretty much dedicated to creating setting and characters. I got so quickly immersed into the town and its people that the 3 hours literally flew by. (Also, all the Stephen King references and nods!)

    Highly recommend it!
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  2. Jul 26, 2018
    10
    I absolutely love what I've seen so far, the mood, the twists, the characters, the setting! I cannot wait to see where this goes!
  3. Jul 26, 2018
    10
    The first episode instantly hooked me. While the rest of the season is not released yet, the first couple episodes so far have beenThe first episode instantly hooked me. While the rest of the season is not released yet, the first couple episodes so far have been phenomenal. Critic reviews for this have been mostly average but that does not reflect the quality of this show whatsoever.

    It is tense, eerie, and already has some twists which keeps you guessing. I have high hopes for the rest of the season.
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  4. Sep 16, 2018
    8
    A gripping mystery with quite a few frights. Castle Rock is successful at hooking you if you're in to dark psychological thrillers with anA gripping mystery with quite a few frights. Castle Rock is successful at hooking you if you're in to dark psychological thrillers with an emphasis on strong character work and an ability to leave you desperate for answers as things continue to get stranger and more cryptic. It also works as a love letter to one of horror's most prolific writers as well.

    Set in the Stephen King multiverse, this Hulu original series offers plenty of nods to King's most notable works. Allowing the show to offer Easter egg after Easter egg just like last year's big-screen adaptation of The Dark Tower did. Castle Rock tells it's own original story however. So not only does it offer something completely new, but it also means people wont be disappointed by a lackluster rendition of some well-loved source material like in the aforementioned movie. I got a kick out of seeing the cast filled with familiar faces from other Stephen King adaptations.

    The quality of the show takes does take a dive around episode seven. While offering a unique look at dementia, "The Queen" is also an irritating dose of repeated information and a deviation from the main plot and characters. The episodes that follow are much better, but the story gets somewhat jumbled in a mad dash to explain everything before the conclusion quickly arrives. The ending itself is satisfying and leaves us with quite a few unanswered questions to carry further seasons. It manages to remain compelling all the way through, but there's little hiding that those last four episodes are nowhere near as good as the first six.

    That aside, this is still some of the best television I have watched in quite some time and a huge snag for the online streaming service. It's grim, adult entertainment with some gruesome surprises that manages to feel like a Stephen King work despite the fact that he didn't actually write it. Not everything comes together as well as I would have liked thanks to the rather short 10-episode run. It feels like the writers were somewhat limited by this and therefore not every element got the attention it deserves. Hopefully later seasons fix this issue by fleshing out more of the side-characters because the cast here has so much more to tell. Given that this is an anthology series however, that may not happen. We'll just have to wait and see. I hope it does though because that would retroactively increase my enjoyment of this introductory outing.

    Disappointments aside, I think this was a great story and I anxiously await seeing what the show will do next.
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  5. Aug 8, 2018
    7
    I am only watching for Jane Levy. But, she is rarely appearing :(.It's like mystic rather than fear.
  6. Aug 23, 2018
    5
    I am gobsmacked that it gets a review of 100. One user commented that the show tries too hard and I agree. I'm six episodes in and nothingI am gobsmacked that it gets a review of 100. One user commented that the show tries too hard and I agree. I'm six episodes in and nothing makes sense. The storytelling, filming, and writing are just mediocre. It's not very sharp or intelligent. I can forsee the time when I no longer care about the characters or the story. Expand
  7. Aug 29, 2018
    1
    Great series. Basically nothing has happened in eight episodes. I'd rather watch paint dry, at least its doing something.

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