Bates Motel : Season 2

  • Network: A&E
  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 18, 2013
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Mar 3, 2014
    60
    Bates Motel remains such a well-acted show that it discourages casual viewing more and more with each episode.
  2. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Feb 27, 2014
    60
    Many of Norma's freak-outs have a black streak of over-the-top humor, and it's in those moments that Farmiga and the show shine. The dramatic material, especially that involving the young cast, still feels slight and unengaging to me.
  3. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Mar 3, 2014
    50
    So far, several story lines of small-town secrets and drama have fanned out and fizzled, making it hard to tell if “Bates Motel” wants to be compellingly chilling or just tediously unnerving.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Feb 28, 2014
    50
    Despite the considerable craft that has gone into creating a world designed to take on a life of its own, it’s difficult to see how the serialized narrative can run much longer without beginning to muck up its own Hitchcockian mythology.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 131 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Nov 15, 2014
    4
    I too think this show should have been set in the 50's. There was time in a series to explore Norman and Norma and it was not done from theI too think this show should have been set in the 50's. There was time in a series to explore Norman and Norma and it was not done from the get go. It is not as believe able as it could be. Set in the present just doesn't feel right. Some parts are boring and drawn out. They are waiting a long time for a 3rd season and unless something changes it will be the last. Remember most of the babyboomers saw the original Psycho and this is not on the edge of your seat drama. The shower scene is one I will never forget! Full Review »
  2. May 30, 2014
    10
    Bates Motel never seems to disappoint, is an example of a great show with great writing and a great plot. Even though the story is aboutBates Motel never seems to disappoint, is an example of a great show with great writing and a great plot. Even though the story is about Norman (Freddie Highmore), the main focus of the show seems to be his mother Norma (Vera Farmiga) who delivers great performances week after week. Full Review »
  3. Mar 26, 2014
    10
    Excellent show! Such an amazing cast (Freddie, Vera, and Max) and full of surprises. The new season explores more of Norman's psychotic sideExcellent show! Such an amazing cast (Freddie, Vera, and Max) and full of surprises. The new season explores more of Norman's psychotic side and it's interesting to see what he does next. Each episode ends with a twist or a shocking discovery which makes you want more. Full Review »