Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 5 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Jacob Oller
    May 31, 2019
    80
    Sometimes the plot can’t find its balance between silly schlock and seriousness. ... But even these tropey elements can’t bring down dialogue that knows when to alternate between breezy and sweltering or stop punchy jump scares from peppering its scenes with periodic spikes in blood pressure.
  2. Reviewed by: Vinnie Mancuso
    May 24, 2019
    80
    Swamp Thing, at least in its first two episodes, not only ups the ante, it’s also a triumph on pretty much every level, a nasty, gleefully disturbing bit of body horror on the Louisiana bayou that evokes everything from John Carpenter‘s The Thing to executive-producer James Wan‘s work with the Trench in Aquaman. ... But the real miracle here is that Swamp Thing still manages to feel like a human show.
  3. Reviewed by: Tim Surette
    May 30, 2019
    70
    Through two episodes, Swamp Thing isn't perfect, but it's more than capable of filling the hole in superhero television that's looking for a blend of horror and fantasy.
  4. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    May 30, 2019
    70
    It's a decent enough origin story carried by a surprisingly good ensemble cast and the assertive direction of Len Wiseman.
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    May 30, 2019
    50
    The best elements of “Swamp Thing” feel deeply inspired by John Carpenter’s “The Thing,” and there are even a few flashes of icky body horror that brought the master of that, David Cronenberg, to mind. In between those visual flourishes is a show that would fit in fine on The CW, complete with flat dialogue and dull characters.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 47 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 47
  2. Negative: 6 out of 47
  1. May 31, 2019
    10
    For a TV Show it's got a great vibe. A lot of variant horror elements melded into a pot that seems to work. The movies Seven and The RingFor a TV Show it's got a great vibe. A lot of variant horror elements melded into a pot that seems to work. The movies Seven and The Ring (sometimes the atmosphere reminds me of this), as well as your standard creature feature elements...with a little bit of Stranger Things here and there. To top it off the Swamp atmosphere is just cool. I'm really glad they went with keeping things as real as possible with real make-up, sets, and suits. The CGI where needed is minimal and it really helps create this amazing atmosphere. I can't wait for the next episode. Full Review »
  2. May 31, 2019
    8
    At times, the pilot was slow and a little boring, but those scenes were well worth it when they led up to the show's gruesome and captivatingAt times, the pilot was slow and a little boring, but those scenes were well worth it when they led up to the show's gruesome and captivating horror. This is shaping up to be a great show. Full Review »
  3. May 31, 2019
    1
    Lazily written, cliched, tell don't show, exposition filled garbage. The only reason this is scoring so highly is because it has so fewLazily written, cliched, tell don't show, exposition filled garbage. The only reason this is scoring so highly is because it has so few reviews that I'm convinced are all fake. Full Review »