• Network: A&E
  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 3, 2014
Metascore
54

Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 22
  2. Negative: 4 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Chris E. Hayner
    Mar 3, 2014
    60
    With so much serial killer programming on TV, like "Hannibal" and "The Following," Those Who Kill could carve out its own little place. But it's going to take some work. On the bright side, the show has Sevigny, who is the clear standout on the series.
  2. 60
    The drama really piles it on: Catherine's only hobbies seem to be cutting herself on her tummy and hips with a razor and collecting paintings of famous serial killers' childhood homes. Midway through, the pilot improves considerably--and gets even stranger.
  3. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Mar 3, 2014
    50
    Laughably unoriginal, the greatest novelty of creator Glen Morgan's series is that his predictably troubled detective is a woman rather than the usual thirtysomething white dude with three-day stubble and a morning hankering for bourbon.
  4. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Mar 3, 2014
    50
    As a psychological thriller, it's not terrible--certainly better than Fox's dreadful monotonous "The Following"--but Those Who Kill suffers from character/relationship incoherence.
  5. Reviewed by: Cynthia Fuchs
    Mar 3, 2014
    50
    The show piles on plot and cliché. You know too much already. And yet, watching her, you realize you can never know enough.
  6. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Mar 3, 2014
    50
    The premiere is as by-the-numbers as it gets in the already bloated genre of moody procedural, enlivened only by a viciously scary killer and, of course, Sevigny, who roils in significant silence even when she is forced to reveal that her character is a cutter.
  7. Reviewed by: Todd VanDerWerff
    Mar 3, 2014
    50
    The world has so many series about dark humans doing dark things that it becomes all the more difficult to stand out, and Those Who Kill is so generic it doesn’t even seem interested in trying.
  8. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Mar 3, 2014
    50
    Although Sevigny brings some of her flair for playing stubbornly outré characters to this role, Those Who Kill fails to distinguish itself from “Hannibal,” “The Following” and so much else in TV’s corpse-strewn imagination.
  9. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Feb 27, 2014
    50
    The pilot of Those Who Kill features the kind of cinematic production values that we've come to expect from cable and the two leads are undeniably engaging, but the writing here is paper-thin, the kind of scripted crime drama that we've seen too many times for it to feel fresh again.
  10. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Mar 3, 2014
    42
    Sevigny works hard at being complex, haunted, etc. while the show around her collapses into a voyeuristic mess with a denouement that makes one wonder how Catherine Jensen could possibly remain on the force beyond the opening episode.
  11. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Mar 3, 2014
    40
    It’s histrionic and preposterous without being entertaining, and those qualities infect all the performances.
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 39 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 18
  2. Negative: 4 out of 18
  1. Mar 3, 2014
    8
    The pilot had a moment where I literally jumped out of my seat. This is a unexpectedly fresh take on the tired serial killer genre. TheThe pilot had a moment where I literally jumped out of my seat. This is a unexpectedly fresh take on the tired serial killer genre. The episode moves fast, with each act containing surprises that felt organic. Chloe is amazing. This isn't like the boring "The Killing", it has action plus eerie atmosphere. A smart choice for A&E to have this follow Bates Motel. Full Review »
  2. Mar 9, 2014
    1
    Absolutely horrid remake of the very good Danish series. The psychologist is totally unbelievable. They try to do in 40+ minutes what wasAbsolutely horrid remake of the very good Danish series. The psychologist is totally unbelievable. They try to do in 40+ minutes what was done in the hour and a half original. The only saving grace is that they set it in some place other than NY, LA, etc. Full Review »
  3. May 1, 2014
    9
    A&E made a horrible mistake yanking this show. I think it has a refreshing and positive difference from other "typical" cop shows. ChloeA&E made a horrible mistake yanking this show. I think it has a refreshing and positive difference from other "typical" cop shows. Chloe Sevigny is excellent in this role...very dark. Full Review »