American Horror Story: Coven Reviews

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October 9, 2013
Lange chews the scenery in ways that only she can, stealing focus every time she's on screen, and I don't mean that as a negative.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 9, 2013
It's always hard to tell how any series will go, especially one as reliably twisty and turny as American Horror Story, but in its first hour at least, Coven offers a clear entertaining setup for a potentially strong season.
October 9, 2013
Hey, I was won over (for at least a week) when, in the midst of a mother-daughter argument, Fiona tells Cordelia, "Don't make me drop a house on you."
October 9, 2013
There are aspects of Coven that are stylish and clever, and others that are just Carrie on steroids. The cast, of course, is tremendous.
October 9, 2013
The third installment in Ryan Murphy's American Horror Story dials back the frights for more confident storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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October 9, 2013
So far, so creepy
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 9, 2013
The formula works particularly well in this installment, thanks to uninhibited work by the big-name cast.
October 8, 2013
The hour packs in sex, sexual violence, violence-violence, some beautiful cinematography and a surprising amount of offhand humor in telling its story of a New Orleans finishing school for young witches.
October 8, 2013
If Coven can stay away from scary moments that carry a too-strong whiff of real human suffering and instead serve the chills with enjoyable snark, we'll fall under its spell.
October 8, 2013
Think about what might happen if Stephen King collaborated on a TV series with John Waters. That gets you close to the terror territory staked out by American Horror Story.
October 8, 2013
American Horror Story goes to camp this year, and no one will get a peaceful night's sleep - not just because of all the bloodcurdling screams, but because of a good bit of laughter as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 8, 2013
No matter what outlandish acts Murphy and his co-producer Brad Falchuk ask of the Oscar and Emmy winner [Jessica Lange], she turns them into small-screen magic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 8, 2013
The storyline is more tightly focused than last year's see-what-sticks approach.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 7, 2013
Horror is back, wrapped in a gothic cloak woven with camp.
October 7, 2013
The limited-series approach is perfectly suited to these over-the-top storylines, which would surely crumble under their own weight if forced to run a minute longer.
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