Stephen King's Bag of Bones : Season 1

  • Network: A&E
  • Series Premiere Date: Dec 11, 2011
Metascore
48

Mixed or average reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 20
  2. Negative: 6 out of 20

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Dec 9, 2011
    40
    Like everything else in A&E's Bag of Bones, it is hollow and--boo!--not scary.
  2. 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."
  3. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Dec 9, 2011
    50
    Bag of Bones isn't completely devoid of suspense, but it's a lot less satisfying than many other, far superior King adaptations.
  4. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Dec 9, 2011
    42
    It's just a collection of creepy imagery, lots of screaming and the occasional musical number for Anika Noni Rose.
  5. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Dec 12, 2011
    40
    Although it is far from the worst King adaptation (would that be "Dreamcatcher"? "Lawnmower Man"?) it feels less like a ghost story than a dashed-together homage to the King oeuvre that's slow where it should be fast and fast where it should be slow.
  6. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Dec 9, 2011
    40
    Bag of Bones feels a little skeletal.
  7. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Dec 12, 2011
    50
    There are elements on night one that actually are pretty darned scary. Too bad there's a night two.
  8. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Dec 8, 2011
    58
    Sure, there are some fun moments. Sure Brosnan looks mah-velous. He always does. But a little less plodding plot and a lot more action, please.
  9. 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.
  10. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Dec 9, 2011
    40
    This Bag is sadly empty of surprises.
User Score
5.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. 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 sufferedI 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. Full Review »
  2. Dec 12, 2011
    10
    Needs faster pacing for subplot (historical violence at lake). Shorter would have been better for drama. . Acting is excellent. "Shock" scenesNeeds 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. Full Review »