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  • Series Premiere Date: Dec 11, 2011
  • Season #: 1
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  • Summary: A novelist (Pierce Brosnan) staying at the family summer house in Maine to complete his book is haunted not only by his wife's death but other inhabitants at Dark Score Lake in this adaptation of the Stephen King novel.
  • Genre(s): Horror
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 20
  2. Negative: 6 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Dec 9, 2011
    91
    It's a genuinely chilling four-hour adaptation of the tireless horror-meister's 1998 bestseller.
  2. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Dec 9, 2011
    70
    Compared with (sigh) "American Horror Story," the tale itself makes a certain amount of sense and like any good thrill ride, spaces out the scary parts just enough to make them truly scary.
  3. Reviewed by: Amy Amatangelo
    Dec 8, 2011
    58
    While the pace of the series definitely picks up in the second night, Bag of Bones doesn't pull off the scares of King's previous works such as Misery" or "The Shining" nor does it have the poignancy of his "The Shawshank Redemption."
  4. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Dec 9, 2011
    40
    Bag of Bones feels a little skeletal.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Dec 9, 2011
    40
    Handsomely shot and deliberately paced, it has a superficially cinematic quality, but it doesn't have the storytelling juice to keep you engaged in Mr. King's convoluted multi-ghost story.
  6. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Dec 9, 2011
    37
    It starts slow, moves slowly and goes nowhere.
  7. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Dec 9, 2011
    30
    Bag of Bones rarely scares but frequently induces unintentional giggles.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Dec 12, 2011
    10
    Needs faster pacing for subplot (historical violence at lake). Shorter would have been better for drama. . Acting is excellent. "Shock" scenes are good. Just too slow, too drawn out. Expand
  2. Dec 17, 2011
    5
    I am a big SK fan, but this was still a waste of four hours of my life. This was one of his weaker plots to begin with and it has suffered more in this adaptation. I was hopeful because of a strong cast, but alas, it was pretty terrible I can't recommend you watch it. Expand