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The Haunting of Hill House: Season 1 Reviews

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October 15, 2018
Some stories work better as discrete two-hour movies, but the sad tale of the Crain family of Massachusetts benefits from a long, novelistic gaze.
October 15, 2018
Hill House is not just an affecting character-focused drama, but one that takes advantage of your investment in its intricately drawn-out story to produce scares that are twice as effective.
October 15, 2018
While the structural issues could definitely use some tweaking, the fact that it's essentially a sprawling family drama punctuated with jump scares and a pervasive creepiness is pretty interesting.
October 15, 2018
Get ready to fall in love with the most beautiful doomed family on TV since the Fishers on Six Feet Under. This is what the spooky version of This Is Us looks like.
October 15, 2018
[It] works as both a great horror story and a compelling family drama, effectively exploring how the ghosts of our pasts are just as scary as what goes bump in the night.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.5/10
October 15, 2018
Well-acted and ponderously paced, The Haunting of Hill House would have benefited from less straining for the artistic and more of a desire to jolt its viewers.
October 15, 2018
Flanagan retains the thematic core of the novel in some effective ways that we've highlighted below.
October 14, 2018
Much of the credit for the show's acute level of creepiness goes to the cast, with charismatic child actors matched perfectly to their adult incarnations, of which Brit Oliver Jackson-Cohen is the standout.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 14, 2018
Hill House falls victim to a sagging middle section and could have benefitted from a smaller episode count. Nevertheless, the end result still adds up to a spooky series that hits the streaming service at just the right time.
October 14, 2018
Hill House's production design is stunning, creepy, and clever-the house has a kind of Overlook Hotel thing going on, where it's enormous but also confining.
October 14, 2018
The aesthetic of The Haunting of Hill House makes it work not only as horror TV, but also as a deft adaptation of Jackson.
October 13, 2018
A literary classic is adapted into a modern masterpiece of trauma and terror.
October 12, 2018
Unlike Gerald's Game, Flanagan's greatest strength here is when he's playing with the story as opposed to being slavishly devoted to it. It's a reimagining for an era that doesn't know what that word means anymore.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
October 12, 2018
I found it perplexing and eventually irritating.
October 12, 2018
What's remarkable is that Flanagan, thanks largely to stellar performances from the ensemble, manages to make all this sibling drama feel suspenseful rather than wearying.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 12, 2018
Pay special notice to Mckenna Grace, who inhabits the young Theodora (or Theo) with a wisdom way beyond her years.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 12, 2018
The Haunting Of Hill House is not only a worthwhile update but one of the best horror TV series we've seen in years.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 12, 2018
The best haunted-house stories aren't scary because they're filled with a long lineup of ghosties and ghoulies. They're scary because they want something from the haunted.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 12, 2018
Its real potential lies in breaking the mold more than reapplying it. It's the people who haunt viewers more than the ghosts, and emphasizing the stories of the living is what makes Netflix's horror show come alive.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 12, 2018
The Haunting of Hill House is a surprisingly emotional family drama that mixes in jump scares to keep the blood pumping in between tears falling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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