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  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 25, 2018
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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: 14 out of 26
  2. Negative: 8 out of 26
  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Jul 31, 2018
    9
    I liked this show way more than I thought I would, and I went in hoping it was good. The Stephen King universe connections are all nice, butI liked this show way more than I thought I would, and I went in hoping it was good. The Stephen King universe connections are all nice, but the show itself seems like it has some good hooks and creepy suspense. Expand
  4. Aug 8, 2018
    7
    I am only watching for Jane Levy. But, she is rarely appearing :(.It's like mystic rather than fear.
  5. Oct 14, 2018
    5
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The first two episodes were very good. Then it was a boring mess until ep 9, which was fantastic. I really saw the potential for a great story. My hopes were high that a strong finish would make it all worth it. The tenth and final ep did not deliver. It didn't even conclude the story; it's open-ended so they have room for a second season. Boring, jumbled, and padded are three words that best described season one to me. The premise was strong, the actors were talented, and they clearly had a decent budget. This could've been gripping had it been edited into a three hour movie. Expand
  6. Jul 27, 2018
    3
    "Building a mood","setting the groundwork"...Ahem..in the age of Peak TV it's what others would call "filler" and obvious attempt at playing"Building a mood","setting the groundwork"...Ahem..in the age of Peak TV it's what others would call "filler" and obvious attempt at playing with the audience's expectations.
    The art of creating mystery is not in placing it front and center (a boy that was given up for dead appears in the middle of a frozen lake when there was nothing a second before), it is in making us doubt in rationalisation and logic.
    Sadly, the American audience doesn't read books anymore (European masters like Maupassant, Kafka and Doyle) and is content in this cheap form of thrills.Yawn.
    3 points for the good cinematography and editing.
    As always good technique but empty content. This is American TV after all.
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  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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