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  • Network: Netflix
  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 12, 2018

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Oct 11, 2018
    The Haunting of Hill House contains some of the most unforgettable horror imagery in film or television in years. The best horror film of the year also happens to be one of the best TV shows of 2018. Don’t miss it.
  2. Reviewed by: Melanie McFarland
    Oct 10, 2018
    The Netflix drama’s reverence for the novel’s soul radiates through its interpretation of fear, belief and the true definition of a haunting. But the highest compliment one can pay to any tale of terror is that it feels real enough to stay with you, to keep you up at night and believe in it. ... Via writing, visuals and its cast performances, this new incarnation of “The Haunting of Hill House” is more than merely superb. It could prove to be the defining horror series of this moment.
  3. Reviewed by: Ed Gonzalez
    Sep 25, 2018
    Flanagan so profoundly conveys the ferocity with which the past haunts this family, ensnaring them in webs of grief, that it feels as if we, too, are being pushed into an oblivion, so that we no longer have to share these characters’ living nightmares. For its blistering gathering of trauma, this [sixth] episode is without equal among the six that were provided to press ahead of The Haunting of Hill House's premiere, and it leaves you with a depressing and melancholy impression that there may actually be no escape from whatever it is that’s haunting the Crains.
  4. Reviewed by: Sadie Gennis
    Sep 25, 2018
    It's as though Flanagan has taken Jackson's original work, shattered it and then rearranged the pieces to create a completely original, but equally brilliant tale.
  5. Reviewed by: Katie Rife
    Oct 10, 2018
    The real marvel of The Haunting Of Hill House is in its execution. Plot threads that initially may seem to go nowhere, or seem obvious, actually have welcome, complicated layers that reveal the relatable family dynamics underneath the heightened horror as the series goes on.
  6. Entertainment Weekly
    Reviewed by: David Canfield
    Oct 8, 2018
    While the story's different, this spooky (if drawn-out) family drama maintains the book's spirit--smartly wedding conventions of horror to resonant experiences of trauma. [12 Oct 2018, p.48]
  7. Reviewed by: Aja Romano
    Oct 12, 2018
    It’s a monologue-heavy series, but the writing is rich and haltingly expressive. ... The family’s issues with mental illness are treated sensitively and believably, and Flanagan makes sure to counter every moment of supernatural terror with a reminder that psychological terror is real, that depression, addiction, and ideation are every bit as terrifying as anything lurking in Hill House.
  8. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Oct 12, 2018
    For eight and even nine episodes, the series does everything right as both a compelling, fractured-family drama and a dive-under-the-couch-cushions creepshow. Anyone near my office likely heard a few screams (manly screams, mind you) as I obsessively binged my way through it. That 10th episode, however? The less said, the better.
  9. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Oct 9, 2018
    The Haunting of Hill House, adapted very loosely by Mike Flanagan from the iconic Shirley Jackson novel, is often scary as hell and possessed of enough character-centric nuance to carry viewers through to the end--even if some of the visceral frights peter out well before the conclusion.
  10. Reviewed by: Daniel D'Addario
    Sep 25, 2018
    A horror series that doesn’t immediately make a case for itself; like the best of the genre, it’s slowly insinuating, building in power as it tells a story of repressed trauma and family discord. It’s an effective scare-fest that is at its best when the tale does more than jolt the viewer.
  11. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Oct 12, 2018
    Its real potential lies in breaking the mold more than reapplying it. It’s the people who haunt viewers more than the ghosts, and emphasizing the stories of the living is what makes Netflix’s horror show come alive.
  12. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Oct 12, 2018
    Early on, creator-director Mike Flanagan creates a good deal of tension without resorting to the usual cinematic tools of suspense--creepy music, shock cuts, crazy camerawork. Later on, he resorts a bit. And there is lot of “later on.” The nonlinear, 4D-puzzle structure of the storytelling means that we already know much about what will happen to the characters, making the series into something of a waiting room. Conversations run in circles; points are made and then made again and once more for good measure.
  13. Reviewed by: Jason Zinoman
    Oct 11, 2018
    Episodes start and end with shocks, and while they are often quite effective, the scares don’t escalate. Flanagan has made an intelligent, engaging supernatural story in which the tension doesn’t mount so much as stop and start, and occasionally sputter.
  14. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    Oct 11, 2018
    Despite some notable flaws, The Haunting of Hill House deserves credit for doing what any good ghost story does: It conjures up the unthinkable and refuses to let us look away.
  15. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Oct 16, 2018
    Well-acted and ponderously paced, The Haunting of Hill House would have benefited from less straining for the artistic and more of a desire to jolt its viewers.
  16. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Oct 11, 2018
    His Haunting is a two-hour movie spread over 10 hours. That doesn't mean there's eight hours of padding here, but it often feels that way (I saw the first three hours and the last. Sorry, but even TV critics have only so much patience.)
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 126 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 95 out of 126
  2. Negative: 24 out of 126
  1. Oct 14, 2018
    The bad reviews on this site are complete NONSENSE. This is one of the best horror tv series EVER. Not only horror, but one of the bestThe bad reviews on this site are complete NONSENSE. This is one of the best horror tv series EVER. Not only horror, but one of the best Netflix show ever. Absolutely incredible. OUTSTANDING performances. Wow! They are all top notch and probably one of the best cast of the year. The story and directing are masterpiece. I’ve never seen a horror show with a compelling story like this. It’s not only scary but truly heartbreaking. The scares are not cheap because the drama and the tension are so well made. GO WATCH IT NOW! Full Review »
  2. Oct 14, 2018
    As a haunted house television series, this is low on scares and edge of the seat suspense. The original Robert Wise blaxk and white filmAs a haunted house television series, this is low on scares and edge of the seat suspense. The original Robert Wise blaxk and white film remains the best haunted house film in the entire genre--it's equal parts psychological and genuinely suspenseful horror drama that succeeds because of the brilliant use of camera angles and sound effects/soundtrack without ever revealing an apparition. In the original movie,, Hill House was alive and definitely felt like a malevolent presence. The creepy backstory of the Crane family at the beginning of the movie set a very eerie and foreboding tone for the rest of the film. This Netflix interpretation falls far short of the film and just doesn't engage the viewer or provide enough genuine chills, original or derivative ones, to make this a good television series Full Review »
  3. Oct 14, 2018
    Badly scripted, predictable. Really awful cheap sets. Can't understand the good feedback on this.