Critic Consensus: A meticulously crafted mystery brimming with allusions, Castle Rock is bound to please even the pickiest of Stephen King fans -- though mileage may vary for casual viewers.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
Audience Reviews for Castle Rock: Season 1
It's just a shaggy-dog story: they have no idea where it's going. The acting is good to medium and it's shot well but this is a lot more Abrams and 'Lost' than Stephen King. It's a load of geeky Easter eggs and signs pointing nowhere. No narrative thrust (episode seven and nothing has happened except a lot of stuff that makes no sense) and a whole lot of vagueness that people mistake for suspense.
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