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Castle Rock: Season 1 Reviews

September 12, 2018
For a purposely misleading series that prided itself on all its enigmas, Castle Rock answered its major questions in unexpected and impressive ways, while once again tying itself to the greater King universe.
August 2, 2018
I've enjoyed my share of King's work, and I'm gripped by Castle Rock. But I find his Evil... Easy. In its simplicity, it's comfort food
July 30, 2018
Castle Rock offers more than nostalgic horror; it shows the horrific nature of nostalgia.
July 27, 2018
The lead performances are so consistently thoughtful - Holland's and Lynskey's especially - that when the supernatural inevitably intrudes, it makes Castle Rock feel less special.
July 25, 2018
The series is first-rate entertainment while never trying to reach for great seriousness.
July 25, 2018
The plenitude of incident creates an effect more like dilution than density, and it's hard to see the trees for the forest of allusion. Castle Rock sometimes feels like a grab bag of rehashed tropes.
July 25, 2018
The show makes skillful use of its episodic medium, carefully pacing its storylines and building out its world while still making sure each hour is filtered through generous helpings of creepiness.
July 25, 2018
Castle Rock is a fresh take on an ages old trepidation, sharing the perpetual state of low-grade fright experienced by a number of people.
July 25, 2018
There is perhaps an advantage in starting fresh.
July 25, 2018
There are just a few too many King Easter eggs for the uninitiated to grasp, and not enough of King's trademark storytelling to grip you the way his novels do.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 24, 2018
You've heard the phrase, "The location is a character"? Here, the town of Castle Rock is an ungenerous co-star, elbowing out its colleagues.
July 24, 2018
The King allusions turn into treats for those who recognize them rather than distracting reminders of classics this newcomer can't hope to live up to.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
July 24, 2018
When it tries to be a wonderland for King fans, it races past the line of referential, rounds through fan service, and steps into cliché, sometimes even inching toward self-parody.
July 24, 2018
Castle Rock looks to be one of the best King things in years, even though the man himself serves primarily as a road map and blueprint.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Top Critic
July 23, 2018
Starts slow and gets better -- while an excellent cast (and lead, in Holland) front a story that's a little more psychological than supernatural in the early going.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 22, 2018
Name-checking and drawing inspiration from various King works, the J.J. Abrams-produced show boasts a gaudy cast, but proves enamored with atmosphere while failing to scare up a compelling story.
July 20, 2018
All the usual components of a King story are here: religious dogma, abuses of power, creepy kids, psychic abilities. But Castle Rock sets itself apart from the rest of the King-verse, preserved in amber.
July 20, 2018
Mr. Holland gives an appropriately layered portrayal of an off-balance character.
July 19, 2018
"Castle Rock" is a giant basket of Easter eggs for King people, but for the rest of us it's a decent show layered with supernatural secrets waiting to be decoded.
July 13, 2018
[It's] 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?
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 13, 2018
The biggest question mark left hanging after four episodes is what makes Castle Rock different than any other small-town puzzle-box drama?
Full Review | Original Score: C+
July 11, 2018
Castle Rock will surely attract some die-hards, but, sketchily unfocused on the human scale, it is surprisingly inhospitable to casual visitors.
July 11, 2018
The actors will offer the best incentive for the King-ambivalent to tune into Castle Rock, but I'm not sure even they will ultimately be enough to overcome the sluggish and vague story.
June 14, 2018
More mysterious than terrifying (at least in a preview glimpse), the show has a strong ensemble cast... and looks like a suitable, summertime stand-in for ghost stories around the campfire.