Resurrection : Season 1

  • 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

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Critic Reviews

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 50
    For a series with an out-there premise, Resurrection feels awfully ordinary.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 94 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 23
  2. Negative: 4 out of 23
  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 theA 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, and10! 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 modelThis 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 »