American Horror Story: Cult Reviews

November 15, 2017
American Horror Story: Cult ultimately feels like a missed opportunity.
September 14, 2017
The scary stuff here is the direction America is heading right now, which is either catastrophic or a necessary course correction, depending on whether you've considered buying a "Nasty Woman" T-shirt or a "Make America Great Again" hat.
September 7, 2017
With remarkable speed, Ryan Murphy has added MAGA to this rotation of terror, hip to the sentiment that Trump's election is the horror story from which we cannot wake.
September 6, 2017
It's a dumb, ugly, blunt time to be alive, and to it has come an often dumb, ugly, blunt TV show. It is called American Horror Story: Cult. And it's a major missed opportunity.
September 5, 2017
No jerk, pro-Trump or anti-Trump, is left untouched in this often unhinged but heartening act of fevered and fun artistry.
September 5, 2017
Cult feels superficial as political commentary, its points so obvious and aggressively delivered that it feels at times close to self-parody. It's hard to know how seriously to take it.
September 5, 2017
The rest of us may balk at watching the low-level state of alarm we exist in distilled and amplified into a serialized shock fest.
September 5, 2017
Perhaps best of all, it really is a horror story. One that uses artful cinematography and remarkable performances (Grossman and Paulson are best in show) to remind sympathetic viewers of the foreboding dread that hasn't abided since last year.
September 5, 2017
While the characteristically acerbic writing includes witty barbs and observations -- from those sporting MAGA hats to latte-sipping liberals -- the finer points are lost in lurid imagery and cheap scares, masquerading as smart TV.
September 5, 2017
There's something in the core premise -- a woman's fear that her town is full of hidden enemies and terrors -- that captures something unsettling about the election's aftermath.
September 5, 2017
The new season of AHS, a fun if scatterbrained document of the times, tells the tale of a provincial town enveloped in chaos, where madmen run wild.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 4, 2017
While it sometimes displays Murphy's go-for-broke inconsistency of character and style, it also makes for very fascinating television.
September 4, 2017
The unfortunate truth is that this American Horror Story is just another slasher tale that features a bunch of bad clowns.
September 4, 2017
It's a dynamite opening. The episodes that follow are strange, circuitous, too anxious to really pursue that initial madness.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Top Critic
September 4, 2017
Creepy, over-the-top, and (yup) scary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 31, 2017
Liberals aren't just snowflakes with imaginary fears, and the right isn't only made up of soulless fear-mongers. The politics of fear may work, but the twisted logic in this futile exercise falls apart quickly.
Full Review | Original Score: D
August 31, 2017
Trump is a tough nut to tackle -- and you can take that literally if you'd like. Even so, this is a big, bloody hunk of red meat for his remaining defenders, many of whom already see Hollywood in the worst ways imaginable.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
August 31, 2017
So far, I'm properly disturbed by Murphy and company's much-too-close-to-home allegory, amused by some of the sharp social satire and endlessly impressed by Sarah Paulson.
August 31, 2017
Give Cult credit for trying to connect with the current cultural mood. Though it offers over-the-top stereotyping of both sides as well as spot-on insight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4