• Network: The CW
  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 17, 2013
Season #: 1, 2
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 114 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 93 out of 114
  2. Negative: 15 out of 114

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  1. Jan 11, 2014
    0
    This is movie is completely unrealistic with poor performances and a terrible plot line. The plot twists are cliche and dull, and the characters stupid. This show has constant cringe-worthy moments, not to mention the bad cast and script.
  2. Oct 21, 2014
    1
    Painfully bad show. Featuring wooden writing, vapid acting, plagiarism galore and badly chosen music for a period piece. At times it looks and feels more like the Haight-Ashbury in the 60's than France in the 1500's. Compared to the intensity and excellence of Showtime's The Tudors and The Borgias as well as the gorgeous movie Elizabeth, this show is a massive let down. It is nothing butPainfully bad show. Featuring wooden writing, vapid acting, plagiarism galore and badly chosen music for a period piece. At times it looks and feels more like the Haight-Ashbury in the 60's than France in the 1500's. Compared to the intensity and excellence of Showtime's The Tudors and The Borgias as well as the gorgeous movie Elizabeth, this show is a massive let down. It is nothing but a dumbed down version of the above, freely borrowing from their plot lines (poisoned borrowed dress anybody?) as well as pulling a horse-head-in the-bed rip off from the Godfather via a gigantic elks head. Adalaide Kane is not believable at all and sounds like a petulant teenager from this millennium. Her bad acting makes the show practically unwatchable. I think I will head over to Netflix for some Tudors reruns instead. Expand
  3. Jan 16, 2015
    1
    The suspension of disbelief required here is just beyond the possible. Catherine di Medici seems to be composed of at least two completely unrelated personalities, the king of France is implausibly manipulated by a young girl, and overall the writing seems to be directed at the high school set. As near as I can tell, there is virtually no relationship to any history whatsoever. CostumesThe suspension of disbelief required here is just beyond the possible. Catherine di Medici seems to be composed of at least two completely unrelated personalities, the king of France is implausibly manipulated by a young girl, and overall the writing seems to be directed at the high school set. As near as I can tell, there is virtually no relationship to any history whatsoever. Costumes look like slightly altered prom dresses, and medieval court life is completely devoid of historical foundation. If you are going to have a historical drama, please at least make some effort to be historically accurate in something. At least a little. Expand
  4. Feb 13, 2015
    0
    Horrible, such a let down as a period piece the costumes are nothing more than prom dresses mixed with claire's accessories and the accents horrible, they didn't even try. I tried to watch this but half way through the first episode they started dancing shoeless in the middle of a wedding ceremony as if dancing around a maypole. Ridiculous and the score is absurd any moments that you canHorrible, such a let down as a period piece the costumes are nothing more than prom dresses mixed with claire's accessories and the accents horrible, they didn't even try. I tried to watch this but half way through the first episode they started dancing shoeless in the middle of a wedding ceremony as if dancing around a maypole. Ridiculous and the score is absurd any moments that you can become lost and begin to absorb the scenery and the cast is off put but some horrible distraction of noise pollution. The writers need to watch and TAKE NOTES the Borgias, Tudors, Elizabeth **** even Braveheart. Expand
Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 24
  2. Negative: 4 out of 24
  1. Reviewed by: Vicki Hyman
    Feb 13, 2014
    75
    It is all very campy and salacious (the young ladies are quite overcome after witnessing a bedding, although the resulting masturbation scene was trimmed from the pilot shown to the press), and historical accuracy takes a backseat to hair product and a driving contemporary soundtrack. But the show seems to be a bit aware of its own absurdity, which is more than one can say for some of the dreck the networks have served up so far this season.
  2. Reviewed by: Sarah Rodman
    Oct 17, 2013
    40
    With its grand castle backdrop and sumptuous costumes, Reign looks beautiful, as do all of the people in it. But there needs to be something a little more substantial--be it drama or kitsch--between those walls and seams to make Reign into a show worthy of ascending to the heights of guilty pleasure TV royalty.
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Oct 17, 2013
    25
    This is a show, and a network, that doesn't just insult your intelligence; they assume you don't have any.