American Horror Story: Roanoke Reviews

October 8, 2019
Unfortunately, the writers only use this historical story as a mechanism for creating ghosts to torment the modern-day dwellers, and don't really take the time to explore the time period and story with the depth it deserves.
June 19, 2018
Here it seems that Murphy and his writers believe they have found a solution to the over-stuffed, gleefully excessive seasons of the past; instead, they've merely found a different approach to heavy-handed storytelling.
September 16, 2016
This is all very fun, but I'm actually more excited -- at least for now -- by the show's format.
September 15, 2016
Between the tensions among the trio and the potential resurrection of the documentary presentation, consider us teased and tempted back into the haunted house.
September 15, 2016
Despite its mockumentary format, this season of American Horror Story feels smaller and spookier than the last, like a campfire story read off a glowing smartphone that still manages to tap into our primitive fear: that of the great ghastly unknown.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
September 15, 2016
After watching last night's episode, I'm still not sure whether this season can accomplish what earlier seasons of American Horror Story and this summer's Stranger Things did: spin all those embedded references into something engrossingly new.
September 15, 2016
There's a return here to the slow-burn, old school horror which characterised the earlier seasons, making this episode fairly notable in how little it actually reveals.
September 15, 2016
It's a unique and different approach for Murphy.
September 15, 2016
Six years in, it's becoming increasingly unclear why American Horror Story still exists.
September 15, 2016
It's just another crappy true crime story, but with a few Oscar nominees and a much larger budget.
September 15, 2016
The use of mystery to market the season may have been contrived, but at this point, mystery might also be the best thing going for it, too.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 15, 2016
It's a safe bet this true-crime saga becomes something more campy and complex as it proceeds.
September 15, 2016
In its sixth season, many worried about AHS, even in its anthology format, staying fresh. But this new documentary take is a new, exciting spin, and one thing's for certain: the premiere of Season 6 looked nothing like other seasons.
September 14, 2016
Indeed, the setting is Roanoke. But where this new season might go from there wasn't clear by the end of the season premiere, a pretty riveting piece of classic horror.
September 14, 2016
Beyond the atmospheric set-up, the "My Roanoke Nightmare" was worth watching just for the initial casting fun, always an AHS staple.