• Network: Netflix
  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 7, 2020
Metascore
62

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Ashlie D. Stevens
    Feb 7, 2020
    60
    "Locke & Key" is worth it in the end if you can push past the parts that are uneven and a little messy.
  2. Reviewed by: Allison Shoemaker
    Feb 7, 2020
    60
    Luckily, the solid performances, like the crackerjack conceit, keep things from falling totally flat. Jones and Jessup are particularly excellent, both alone and together. ... Edge is exactly what this series lacks, and not in a scandalous way.
  3. Reviewed by: Vinnie Mancuso
    Feb 3, 2020
    60
    As is, it’s a perfectly fun, flighty dark fantasy that hasn’t quite unlocked its full potential.
  4. Reviewed by: Jacob Oller
    Feb 7, 2020
    53
    Locke & Key may mete out its genre goofiness over the course of a slump-filled first season, but if you want more than morsels to sustain you, there are plenty of similarly-toned shows without the barrier to entry.
  5. Despite Locke & Key’s heavy thematic dimensions, its potential for exploring the interlocking themes of memory and grief is undercut by a host of issues: its pedestrian score, which doesn’t trust the audience one iota to make obvious connections; its light-handed approach to the story’s horror elements; its tone, which renders the show a young-adult-skewed adaptation of the source material; and a lack of imagination in its approach to memory as a plot dynamic.
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Feb 7, 2020
    50
    Simply put, there are too many TV shows about magical/special/mutant teens to get away with something that comes across as being this generic.
  7. Reviewed by: Caroline Framke
    Feb 6, 2020
    50
    Netflix’s “Locke and Key” works, but it also feels like the inevitable product of the streaming network’s own algorithm. It feels so calibrated to what’s already worked for Netflix that it ultimately feels more safe than anything else.
  8. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Feb 4, 2020
    50
    The series is a near-ish approximation of a lot of other things — including several Netflix shows in the middle of long hiatuses — without ever quite seeming inspired or essential in its own right.
  9. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Feb 4, 2020
    50
    Eevery time Locke & Key hits a peak — episodes three and four and seven through nine are the highlights — it's followed by a valley. ... Overall, Locke & Key struggles to establish the stakes for the series — I still can't tell you what would happen if Evil Well Girl (Laysla De Oliveira) achieved her evil goals — and struggles more to decide who it's intended for.
  10. Reviewed by: Keith Phipps
    Feb 1, 2020
    50
    Perhaps the adaptation's troubled development history explains why this incarnation of the series seems determined to play it as safe as possible -- as safe as a show that features multiple scenes of characters using keys to unlock the contents of their heads can be anyway.
  11. Reviewed by: Ed Cumming
    Feb 7, 2020
    40
    The cast and script and direction and production are all as glossy you’d expect from a production like this. But it is frustratingly safe, at once too much and not enough. If Netflix won’t take a risk, viewers shouldn’t be expected to, either.
User Score
6.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 61 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 61
  2. Negative: 17 out of 61
  1. Feb 13, 2020
    3
    The adult graphic novel is a gritty, gruesome and violent horror/fantasy. If the show would've followed the novel, it could've been somethingThe adult graphic novel is a gritty, gruesome and violent horror/fantasy. If the show would've followed the novel, it could've been something unique and special. Instead they removed the horror, twisted the story, made it dumb and turned it into a mediocre teen drama fantasy show ...like we really needed another one of those. Greatly missed opportunity. Full Review »
  2. Feb 8, 2020
    4
    The stupidest series, with the stupidest characters. Every time they do something stupid just to move the story. Everyone on this show is aThe stupidest series, with the stupidest characters. Every time they do something stupid just to move the story. Everyone on this show is a complete idiots. Full Review »
  3. Feb 9, 2020
    1
    Bad acting, bad history, I mean the people in this series are like no stoping and thinking why the crazy stuff is happening, it is like normalBad acting, bad history, I mean the people in this series are like no stoping and thinking why the crazy stuff is happening, it is like normal to them, like wow this stuff happen let's go to school yeahhh, wtf why the characters can not have balls and think and do something Full Review »