• Network: The CW
  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 19, 2013
  • Season #: 1

Mixed or average reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 20
  2. Negative: 6 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Feb 19, 2013
    Some scenes play like those stiff “re-creations” in crime reality shows and the camera’s constant quick-cuts promote headaches, not intrigue.
  2. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Feb 20, 2013
    It's definitely too laughably convoluted to go into.
  3. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Feb 19, 2013
    This is not an easy show to watch, not because of its ambition, but because it’s just so pointlessly mysterious.
  4. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Feb 19, 2013
    Watching Cult is like trying to read a Kafka novel in Sanskrit. When you’re blind. And drunk.
  5. Reviewed by: Gail Pennington
    Feb 19, 2013
    Knepper is wonderfully creepy. But that's the last of the good news. From Rockne S. O'Bannon, Cult is too complicated for its own good, and not satisfying enough to make it worth figuring out.
  6. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Feb 19, 2013
    An ill-conceived, poorly scripted, woodenly acted mess, Cult is watchably crazy, but that's the highest praise I can give it.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 3 out of 8
  1. Feb 26, 2013
    There is nothing about this show that is likeable. When the CW first dropped it, it should've stayed that way. The writing, acting and direction are atrocious. Whatever the CW was thinking in reviving it was a bad idea. I don't see this show lasting the season to be honest. Full Review »
  2. Feb 21, 2013
    Alright. Is this a joke? The pilot wasn't impressive at all. There were dull performances, lame screenplay and senseless direction. The only thing good that comes out of this show is Matt Davis, whose character still isn't impressive. The premise isn't that strong so it requires a great deal of writing, acting and direction. The beginning of the episode seemed like a joke, to me, because of the way Robert Knepper was acting. I don't know how the CW manages to run okay (exaggeration) shows and doesn't do anything about it. This review is only based on what I watched in pilot and I'm rating it in accordance with that. Let's see what would become of it in future episodes. Not expecting anything at all. Full Review »
  3. Mar 1, 2013
    While the description of the show sounded intriguing and perhaps refreshing the actual creative direction and execution is absolutely horrendous. Within the first 15 minutes of the pilot the audience is left (or at least I was) scratching their heads at the bizarre concept. Upon hesitation I continued to watch the pilot, but it only got worse from there ranging from the character's interactions with each other to the ridiculous idea that people are killing themselves over a TV show. Overall, the pilot doesn't even leave any suspense instead it was baffling. Finally, on top of all of this absolutely dreadful plot the acting doesn't get much better either, but what else do you expect from the CW nowadays? Full Review »