Reviews of Midnight Mass: How’s Mike Flanagan’s Netflix Horror Series?


After two successful horror efforts for Netflix (“The Haunting of Hill House” and “The Haunting of Bly Manor”), Mike Flanagan is back with another limited series for the spooky fall season. The “midnight mass” takes place in a struggling small town where a new priest (Hamish Linklater) awakens a new religious fervor. But how does this original tale stack up against the two previous literary adaptations of Flanagan? Consider some of the criticisms of the “Midnight Mass”.

At the time of this writing, the series has a Metacritic score of 74 based on 19 opinions counted to date: 14 positive and five mixed, but none downright negative. Rotten Tomatoes, which ranks reviews as positive or negative without MC’s nuanced sliding scale, gives the show a 93% freshness note based on 45 reviews, of which only three are considered rotten. RT Critics Consensus Says: “An ambitious meditation on grief and faith that is as beautiful as it is unsettling, the slow boil of” Midnight Mass “is a triumph of terror that will leave viewers shaking – and pondering – long afterward. the generic. “

To compare, “Haunting of Hill House” scored 79 on MetaCritic and 93% freshness on rotten tomatoes, while “Haunting of Bly Manor” had 63 on MetaCritic and 87% freshness on rotten tomatoes, so “Midnight Mass” comes close to the top of that lineup, with critics calling it “measured” and “scary” in its view of faith. It has a “narcotic appeal” while considering the “horror” and “philosophical” elements of religion, although others argue that the show spends too much time “biding its time” while exploring of its themes by the show leads to “a jumble of mixed metaphors.”

Will you be attending “mass” by Halloween? Check out some of the reviews below and join the discussion about it and more with your fellow TV fans here on our forums.

Catherine smith (Dough): “Even with its dabbles in the supernatural, ‘Midnight Mass’ (created by ‘The Haunting’s’ Mike Flanagan, in his most recent collaboration with Netflix), is a show that digs inward rather than outward. … At a glance, it’s a series that exploited Catholic guilt for gold. In another it’s a measured, but frightening, approach to group psychology, to the need for faith in grief and leadership ethics with such vulnerable followers.

Judy Berman (Time): “After two slow first episodes (with pacing being another common problem not only with Flanagan, but serialized horror in general), the alchemy of spectacle, suspense, and storytelling begins to work. A frenzy becomes inevitable but also surprisingly satisfying … [Flanagan’s] the shows are like islands in a storm – not always the cleanest or most elegant on the surface, but solid and warm havens nonetheless. And ‘Midnight Mass’ is his best yet.

Ed Gonzalez (Tilt): “The series, as is customary in Flanagan’s work, exudes a narcotic attraction in everything from its aesthetics to the monologues that suggest the weight of confession. But you can never really get rid of the feeling that “Midnight Mass” is biding its time until it’s ready to deliver the next spoonful of meaning to us… After a while, it feels like “Midnight Mass” Is content to play football with us until his final act of revelation.

Katie Rife (The AV Club): “To his credit, ‘Midnight Mass’… complicates a teenage stoner reveal that some parts of the Bible are, like, really fucked up, man. The limited series sees religion both as a horror sub-genre and as a philosophical question, mixing cinematic tributes to films like “The Exorcist” with serious monologues on faith… Trying to pull together so many ideas in “Midnight Mass,” Flanagan left himself with a jumble of mixed metaphors.

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