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American Horror Story: Cult Episode 1 Reviews

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Beth McDonough
AfterEllen.com
March 19, 2019

American Horror Story: Cult is using a setting and storyline that might draw on first-timers who are as shocked by this first episode as they were on election night.

Sesali Bowen
Refinery29
September 25, 2017

The season seven premiere was more chilling than I was ready for - and I've been watching it since it's beginning in 2011.

Jon Winkler
The Young Folks
September 15, 2017

So first question is the obvious one: How is Cult doing so far at its satire of Trump's America? So far, not too bad.

Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Daniel D'Addario
TIME Magazine
Top Critic
September 13, 2017

Perhaps best of all, it really is a horror story. One that uses artful cinematography and remarkable performances.

Julie Hinds
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic
September 13, 2017

When a key characters grabs a bottle of rosť as a potential defense weapon in the first episode, it's clear there isn't enough wine in the universe to make this mess go away.

Clarisse Loughrey
Independent (UK)
Top Critic
September 11, 2017

Cult plunges headfirst into a topic numbingly huge in its implications, and the results are fairly disconcerting.

Mark Trammell
TV Equals
September 11, 2017

While it remains to be seen whether or not the rest of the season lives up to the premiere, so good so far. Now bring on the Cult- and the bees.

Kat Rosenfield
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic
September 6, 2017

While this year's series brings plenty of out-there scares (including a veritable smorgasbord of sexually deviant clowns with nightmarishly giant heads, if that's what you're into), it kicks off with a horror ripped straight from reality.

Full Review | Original Score: A
Emily Yahr
Washington Post
Top Critic
September 6, 2017

The twist feels like a classic Ryan Murphy moment: As the creator of AHS (as well as Nip/Tuck, Glee and many more), he loves turning tropes upside down

Kaitlyn Tiffany
The Verge
September 6, 2017

You'll be scared. I mean, this was always supposed to be a show about the worst things a person will do when they're American and afraid.

Molly Horan
AV Club
Top Critic
September 6, 2017

It's effective if a bit on the nose -- whatever side of the aisle you're on, it paints a chilling picture of emotions hitting a boiling point.

Full Review | Original Score: B-
Matt Fowler
IGN Movies
September 6, 2017

Cult is off to a promising start with an episode that, at best, attempts to examine, through a satirical and sinister lens, post-election paranoia.

Full Review | Original Score: 7.8/10
Caralynn Lippo
TV Fanatic
September 6, 2017

The scary clown sequences (particularly at the grocery store) are fantastically shot. There's a mounting sense of dread that really mimics the slow rise of anxiety to full-on panic attack status. Even the way it is filmed is perfect.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Willa Paskin
Slate
Top Critic
September 6, 2017

... the scariest thing about American Horror Story, the world we are actually living in, remains even after you turn it off.

Brian Moylan
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic
September 6, 2017

Paulson is playing an unhinged woman perfectly, and Ally surely has more than her fair share of problems. Just like the rest of America, it seems like she's being gas-lit by current events.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tony Sokol
Den of Geek
September 6, 2017

All tricks and no treats, it makes Halloween look candy-ass.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Laura Bradley
Vanity Fair
September 5, 2017

It's always ill advised to try and predict Ryan Murphy's next move, so perhaps for now we'll just focus on getting the clowns out of our brains before it's time to sleep.

Keisha Hatchett
TV Guide
September 5, 2017

[Evan Peters' Kai is] turning out to be the show's scariest villain in years. That's not to say the reemergence of Twisty during that grotesque comic book sequence in the premiere didn't have us reaching for the covers (and a puke bucket).

Stacey Ritzen
Uproxx
September 5, 2017

If Murphy doesn't fill in the blanks in the coming episodes this might end up being the most confusing season yet. Now that is a scary thought.

Aaron Riccio
Slant Magazine
September 5, 2017

The episode's random acts of violence don't confront fear so much as exploit it.

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