• 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: 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.
  5. 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.
  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.”
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 »