• Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 12, 2020
Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Lucy Mangan
    Jan 13, 2020
    60
    The details pile up, but intrigue fails to mount.
  2. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Jan 10, 2020
    60
    It takes King’s spooky, jokey, thinly characterized plot machine and turns it into a psychological workout. If that lines up with your taste, “The Outsider” will be perfectly watchable and probably even enjoyable. ... Just settle in for a very slow boil.
  3. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Jan 8, 2020
    60
    The Outsider is an interesting, but not completely satisfying experiment. It's an intentional collusion of incompatible genres, an answer-driven police procedural intersecting with ephemeral supernatural elements that have to be believed before they can be seen.
  4. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Jan 13, 2020
    55
    It's a serious piece of work, with talented writers like Richard Price and Dennis Lehane doing the adaptation. But the result is curiously—and annoyingly—uneven, as if different production crews took over on alternate days undoing one another's work.
  5. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    Jan 10, 2020
    50
    What starts off as a relatively standard, well-executed crime drama eventually veers into more supernatural, King-style territory, and the two tones don’t necessarily mix well.
  6. Reviewed by: Daniel D'Addario
    Jan 10, 2020
    50
    “The Outsider” doesn’t rival “True Detective” for jolts or for insights about the human condition or the impulses that bring about crime. And its slow pace emphasizes the absence of what crime dramas can do so well. The stakes here seem to be massive; gradually, it becomes clear that an epidemic of darkness is overtaking many. But getting there, with so little in the way of character or freshness of tone, simply exhausts even an interested viewer.
  7. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Jan 9, 2020
    50
    Veers from being a stylishly dismal detective procedural to become a hokey horror story about a malevolent evil that is part folklore, part contagious skin rash. ... The acting is the biggest reason to keep going.
  8. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Jan 7, 2020
    40
    The performers — also including Mare Winningham as Ralph’s wife, Julianne Nicholson as Terry’s wife, and The Night Of‘s Bill Camp as a local lawyer — are all strong, but in service of storytelling that doesn’t always deserve them. Imagine the more overheated aspects of True Detective, but with more blatant nods to demons and far less impressive visuals.
  9. Reviewed by: Judy Berman
    Jan 7, 2020
    40
    Like so many of King’s mammoth tomes, The Outsider could easily have been distilled into a movie. Instead, we get a 10-episode slog through crime-drama cliché so oppressive, it threatens to overshadow Erivo’s brilliance.
User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 28 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Jan 20, 2020
    10
    Acting is superb and mostly stays true to the source material. Worth watching.
  2. Jan 15, 2020
    10
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  3. Jan 15, 2020
    10
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