• Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 9, 2014
  • Season #: 1 , 2
Metascore
60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 29
  2. Negative: 3 out of 29
  1. It's not as atmospheric and artful, nor does it exude the same visceral sense of place [as French series "Les Revenants"]. But taken on its own, it is an absorbing, well-paced, thoughtfully rendered production with a quality cast that ranks as one of the better new winter shows.
  2. Reviewed by: Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Mar 6, 2014
    80
    [A] smartly ordered, sizzling drama, which establishes itself from the opening scene and builds from there.
  3. Reviewed by: Vicki Hyman
    Mar 10, 2014
    75
    The ABC show is more blandly cast and written [thanrench import "The Returned"], but it's still capable on occasion of hitting you in the gut emotionally, if not scrambling your brains.
  4. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Mar 10, 2014
    75
    Yes, this is all very familiar--Sundance's "The Returned" was better, by the way--but there are still solid hints of an engaging series.
  5. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Mar 10, 2014
    75
    Resurrection does something few dramas do today — it gives its characters breathing room to absorb and react to the fantastic in their lives, rather than forcing them to run from one plot point to another. Some will find this pace too leisurely.
  6. Reviewed by: Tom Long
    Mar 7, 2014
    75
    Handled correctly, this has “Lost” potential.
  7. Reviewed by: Clark Collis
    Feb 28, 2014
    75
    If less spookily atmospheric than SundanceTV's not-dissimilar The Returned, Resurrection handsomely frames its "What the hell?" premise. [7 Mar 2014, p.62]
  8. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Mar 7, 2014
    70
    It's a sentimental show to be sure but it's almost refreshingly straightforward in its sentimentality and there's something heartbreaking in the performances of Kurtwood Smith and Frances Fisher as a couple who lost their son 30 years ago but now have to deal with his return.
  9. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Mar 7, 2014
    70
    Resurrection subverts expectations by sidestepping the creepy and macabre--although there are layers of mysteries and secrets in the small town of Arcadia, Missouri--and dwelling in a more bucolic and even tear-jerking manner on the spiritual and societal ramifications of this apparent miracle.
  10. Reviewed by: Christopher Muther
    Mar 7, 2014
    70
    It’s sometimes gripping, the acting is good, and for many it will seem fresh.
  11. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Mar 6, 2014
    70
    A solid yet initially disturbing new drama.
  12. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Mar 6, 2014
    70
    If Resurrection fulfills even half its potential, it could easily become the most compelling drama on an ABC lineup that has become almost comically soapy.
  13. Reviewed by: Jeff Korbelik
    Mar 27, 2014
    67
    Resurrection is the tamer American version [of "The Returned"].
  14. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Mar 6, 2014
    67
    The first two episodes flex a fair amount of pulling power, even though nothing really jumps off the page. The series could use a more galvanizing, take-charge sleuth than Epps portrays.
  15. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Mar 7, 2014
    63
    When Resurrection focuses on Jacob and his family, the actors and the concept carry it. But hours must be filled, and the more the show expands to include other Arcadians, most of whom are tiresome, the weaker it becomes.
  16. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Mar 3, 2014
    63
    Bogged down by mundane subplots and generic characters, it lacks the atmosphere, tension and emotional pull that defined Sundance Channel’s recent “zombie” show, “The Returned.”
  17. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Mar 10, 2014
    60
    Where "The Returned" was content to tell its story in elliptical scenes and character sketches, Resurrection keeps them tightly tied together and bound to an investigative uber-narrative--Marty and Maggie are partners in detection with the requisite possibility of romance. The result is a lot of narrative that often strays too far from the original and much more provocative conceit: Hey, we see dead people.
  18. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Mar 6, 2014
    60
    Looking long term, Resurrection may be one typical TV dark secret that takes a while to unravel, and maybe that's good enough for most. But it's cutting enough corners here in the beginning to be worrisome. And if you were lucky enough to see The Returned (or will be streaming it asap), then Resurrection won't be for you.
  19. Reviewed by: Todd VanDerWerff
    Mar 6, 2014
    58
    It’s hard to look at Resurrection and not see all of the nerve that broadcast networks have lost.
  20. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Mar 10, 2014
    50
    The first 20 minutes of Resurrection are terrifically emotional and engrossing. When the focus is on Jacob and his parents, the show is a real heart-tugger. But then it gets into family soap opera territory (what big secrets have family members kept from one another!) and the mystery returns when another dead person is found to be alive.
  21. 50
    For a series with an out-there premise, Resurrection feels awfully ordinary.
  22. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Mar 7, 2014
    50
    It is non-terrible, but when there is a vastly better take on the exact same idea, the only excuses for watching this one are a lack of a Netflix subscription (and you can also buy the episodes on Amazon and iTunes) or a violent medical allergy to reading subtitles.
  23. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Mar 7, 2014
    50
    If not for Epps--and Fisher and Smith, who are terrific as two people trying to come to terms with the impossible--I might have preferred this one had stayed buried.
  24. Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    Mar 6, 2014
    50
    Resurrection starts out well enough.... All too soon, however, the mystery turns into soapy melodrama, and the supernatural is superseded by the clichés of network drama.
  25. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Mar 7, 2014
    40
    While the two shows both contain bereft parents, law enforcement officials with personal agendas, pastors with painful backstories, quiet and sometimes spooky small boys, and newly reanimated criminals, the atmosphere in which Resurrection places them is thinner than Mt. Everest’s. Compared to The Returned, Resurrection’s performances, eeriness, themes, its production values, storylines, and opening credit sequence are all similarly weak.
  26. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Mar 7, 2014
    40
    At several points, Resurrection feels like the kind of show that might have been better served by culling subplots and making it into a miniseries or a movie.
  27. Reviewed by: Kevin Fallon
    Mar 10, 2014
    30
    The dialogue doubles as patronizing directives of what we’re supposed to be thinking, carefully dictating Resurrection’s themes.
  28. Reviewed by: Lesley Smith
    Mar 10, 2014
    30
    On the evidence of the first two episodes, Resurrection seems just one more twist on an American obsession with investigating what lies beneath the surfaces of rural or suburban idylls. As a device to tell the same old stories about illicit love affairs, family estrangement, hidden crimes, and the secrets parents keep from children and visa versa, the arbitrary resurrection of the dead seems pretty extreme, and, frankly, a wasted opportunity.
  29. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Mar 5, 2014
    25
    Nothing could bring this show life.
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 78 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 22
  2. Negative: 4 out of 22
  1. Mar 10, 2014
    10
    A great show with an interesting premise.The acting, writing, and directing is pretty good, especially for a network tv drama, where the writing is cheesy (ex. NCIS). I can't wait for more! Full Review »
  2. Mar 11, 2014
    10
    10! A light fare, intriguing, dramatic, interesting, and somewhat-spiritual mystery that is completed with a quality cast & writing, and gorgeous cinematography and editing. A twist here, a turn there, RESURRECTION is a beautifully-crafted event series that includes just enough drama and thrills to keep you tuning in & wanting more for the next 7 episodes. Full Review »
  3. Mar 26, 2014
    0
    This show is a ripoff of the French series "The Returned"... The acting is flat, pacing is terrible and it looks like it was all shot in model homes. Don't waste your time. I'd rather shovel snow than watch this piece of crap Full Review »