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

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  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 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.
  2. Feb 8, 2020
    3
    A tween drama series packaged as a mystery show, which doesn't exactly show a lot of mystery. It dumps expository monologues on viewers in order to move on to highschool love stories as soon as possible and those drag on for far too long. Changes to source material are expected, but aren't good. First season has a lot more supporting characters than the comic does, but they're allA tween drama series packaged as a mystery show, which doesn't exactly show a lot of mystery. It dumps expository monologues on viewers in order to move on to highschool love stories as soon as possible and those drag on for far too long. Changes to source material are expected, but aren't good. First season has a lot more supporting characters than the comic does, but they're all incredibly dull and one-dimensional. Pretty white girl is a **** British black dude is a manic pixie dream guy, fat nerdy guy is just that, and so forth. None of them are allowed to be anything more than a background and rails, of sorts, for main characters. While Locke siblings are well cast, their motivations are muddy at best and their actions rarely seem logical even within created universe, which is even more annoying when coupled with in-series inconsistencies. Original soundtrack and main theme, however, are pretty great, although when it comes to licensed songs, well... They're on par with Riverdale in terms of dark heartbroken tween-ness.

    If you're interested in a concept of a mystery house or felt let down by this show, read the original comics, they're bread and don't pull any punches.
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  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 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
  4. Feb 10, 2020
    0
    Such crazy stuff happening and then complete disregard for what it means and why its happening; so in the end its complete nonsense. Pan's Labyrinth knock off gone Hollywood bad high school romance/family drama TV series.
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
  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: 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.
  3. 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.