• Network: FOX
  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 9, 2010
  • Season #: 1 , 2

No score yet - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 22
  2. Negative: 8 out of 22
  1. 30
    It's bad writing. It's lazy storytelling. It's ridiculous.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Swanson
    As it is, Past Life is just a bad premise executed badly, and very unlikely to be given a second [life] season.
  3. 30
    Even as you’re hoping that she won’t have to conjure up variations on this explication theme every week, she does it a few more times in this episode alone.
  4. Past Life is created by David Hudgins ("Friday Night Lights"), who certainly knows his way around a script, so it is literally shocking how bad the writing is, with Whately grinding out such illuminations as "You can't get DNA from a memory" or "It's like all your life you've been playing this game and then someone changes the rules" until you want to scream.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    A crime drama doesn’t need soft edges if it has crisp plotting and interesting characters, but the first two stories on Past Life are startlingly generic, and Kate, in lieu of a personality, is given a dog and a wacky mother.
  6. Past Life begins with a fairly ridiculous premise, and the show's bland leads don't make it anymore watchable.
  7. 25
    The weakness of the plot might matter less if the regular characters had something special to offer, but Past Life's are standard-issue blanks.
  8. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Past Life is so glum, lugubrious and blandly cast I felt I had temporarily regressed into someone who in a past life hated television.

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