• 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: Alex Zalben
    Feb 3, 2020
    90
    I loved the first season of Netflix’s Locke & Key adaptation, which brilliantly skirts the line between horror, drama, comedy and dark fantasy the comics by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez helped innovate.
  2. Reviewed by: Kristen Baldwin
    Feb 1, 2020
    83
    An entertaining and heartfelt family adventure about growing up, coping with loss, and finding a demon at the bottom of a well on your haunted estate. Imagine Goosebumps for grown-ups, or Stranger Things on antidepressants.
  3. Reviewed by: Graeme Virtue
    Feb 7, 2020
    80
    While much of Locke and Key feels superficially familiar, cushioned by the superior production design and a lush score, there are enough deliberately disconcerting or oddball moments to make it a constantly evolving pleasure. And, with multiple volumes of the collected comic series already on bookstore shelves, this reincarnation could just be the start.
  4. Reviewed by: Ed Power
    Feb 3, 2020
    80
    With a cast comprised largely of wide-eyed teenagers the tone sometimes verges on The Hunger Games with a sprinkling of Stranger Things. Yet the sheer accumulation of thrills, chills and shocking twists gives the 10-part series irresistible momentum.
  5. Reviewed by: Kelly Lawler
    Feb 7, 2020
    75
    As the episodes progress, the writing becomes more confident, and the season ends strongly. "Locke & Key" is the TV-show equivalent of a fixer-upper with good bones. The structure and the foundation are there, but some cosmetic updates might help.
  6. Reviewed by: Joelle Monique
    Feb 7, 2020
    75
    The writing explores recovery in an accessible way, and a diverse cast helps create an inviting new world. This combination of fantasy and horror provides opportunities not just for scares and imagination, but for astute reflections of society: that self-imposed burdens can leave everyone bowed. Locke & Key weaves a silver lining into an otherwise foreboding tapestry.
  7. Reviewed by: Scout Tafoya
    Feb 3, 2020
    67
    In the end, Locke & Key is at its best when it stops trying to be cool and edgy and gives into the earnest spectacle of kids getting pieces of their father back through unexplainable forces. That is a hugely engrossing and affecting idea that keeps the show afloat at first and makes it truly sing at last.
  8. Reviewed by: Matt Webb Mitovich
    Feb 3, 2020
    67
    Locke & Key isn’t at all shy about revealing Key House’s incredible secrets; it just struggles to then do much with them, instead tending to hit pause on any acquired momentum to dive back into high school dating/movie club drama. As such, things don’t really get crackling until Episode 5 or so.
  9. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Feb 5, 2020
    63
    To say there’s a lot going on is putting it mildly. The writers do an admirable job of blending and connecting those multiple storylines, but not all of the subplots are all that involving or exciting. From time to time, the overall momentum slows to a gloomy crawl. The younger actors all turn in lively, empathetic performance. ... Unfortunately, many of the other adult cast members turn in underwhelming work.
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 »