American Horror Story: Freak Show Reviews

December 3, 2014
I'm going to go out on a limb - a bloodied, crudely dismembered, rotting limb. This series, despite its deliberately lefty-irking title and potentially insensitive subject matter, is by far and away my favourite so far.
December 1, 2014
Refreshingly, the season is also genuinely frightening, with at least one truly nightmarish vision per week.
November 3, 2014
It feels like a Toulouse-Lautrec painting come to lurid life, complete with a killer clown who ranks as the scariest character on TV.
October 22, 2014
The real reason to love American Horror Story is not the jumps or scares, but the sheer outrageous over-the-top gumption of it all.
October 8, 2014
Speaking of scary: There's a clown. And not just any scary clown, but the scariest clown ever, a gruesome killer with a huge smile hideous enough to make us apologize to any ordinary clown we ever called scary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 8, 2014
Like all great horror, it is willing to abuse its audience-which, in a perfectly Murphian turn, wants to be abused.
October 8, 2014
Despite all the accumulated bodies, Freak Show is more style than story. But there's enough talent and intensity here for me to step behind the tent flap, to see if all this can cohere into something super freaky.
October 8, 2014
Freak Show... still has the high style we've grown to expect from the Horror Story creators, Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, who wrote the season premiere (directed by Mr. Murphy). And it still has plenty of clever touches in word and picture.
October 8, 2014
Murphy is in full ringleader mode here, the Barnum & the Bailey of television insanity.
October 8, 2014
Some seasons of American Horror Story are better than others. American Horror Story: Freak Show seems to be the best yet, or at the very least, the best directed.
Top Critic
October 8, 2014
The appalling splendor is right there in credits. Credit sequences are an "AHS" specialty, but the FX franchise pretty much outdoes itself with this one.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 7, 2014
There's an intentional disconnect to it all... [It] is certainly telling a weird story, but it's not all that scary and, worse yet, the characters are already launching into tedious monologues about civil rights for geeks
October 7, 2014
Where too many TV series become stale after a season or two, Horror Story has a proven ability to transform itself -- not just season to season, but also episode to episode and sometimes even scene to scene -- built into its creative DNA.
October 7, 2014
Freak Show looks like a beauty, with a wealth of fascinating characters and a little smattering of heart helping to balance out the grisly appointed rounds of a so far unidentified clown with a hellish half-mask.
Full Review | Original Score: A
October 7, 2014
Alas, I found it insufficiently lurid--slow-paced and obvious.
October 6, 2014
The first two episodes try to fake us into believing there's more here than meets the eye or ear with a lot of dramatic music, but it isn't enough to mask the series' deficiencies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4