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Mixed or average reviews- based on 9 Ratings

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  • Summary: Set in New York City, Kevin Williamson reimagines Red Riding Hood”, “The Three Little Pigs”, and “Hansel and Gretel” as a modern, psychological thriller set in New York City that includes high school teacher Nick (Billy Magnussen), unconventional grandmother Colleen (Kim Cattrall), her sonSet in New York City, Kevin Williamson reimagines Red Riding Hood”, “The Three Little Pigs”, and “Hansel and Gretel” as a modern, psychological thriller set in New York City that includes high school teacher Nick (Billy Magnussen), unconventional grandmother Colleen (Kim Cattrall), her son Tim (Sam Jaeger) and her grandaughtr Kayla (Danielle Campbell), restaurateur Jordan (James Wolk), part-time bartender, drug dealer and thief Eddie (Paul Wesley), war vet Hannah (Dania Ramirez), her brother Gabe (Davi Santos), Detective Renee Garcia (Zabryna Guevara), and crime ring leader Sam (Dorian Missick).
  • Genre(s): Drama, Horror, Suspense
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 6
  2. Negative: 3 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Lorraine Ali
    Oct 31, 2018
    80
    It’s more like the Brothers Grimm meets “13 Reasons Why,” a perfect combination of childhood frightmares, teen angst and adult drama.
  2. Reviewed by: Caroline Framke
    Oct 30, 2018
    60
    For all its faults, the series is enthusiastically pulpy, moving with a propulsive energy that, to be frank, most streaming dramas lack.
  3. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Oct 31, 2018
    40
    The enticing logline and lovely, painterly opening credits of CBS All Access' new Kevin Williamson-created drama Tell Me a Story tease a show that, unfortunately, is much more clever, coherent and ultimately fun than what the first five episodes actually deliver.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Oct 30, 2018
    30
    It’s a stunningly boring character drama, intertwining characters in New York City, ostensibly with a fairy tale motif doing some of the storytelling. ... The pacing, the dialogue, the (complete lack of) visual language, the world building--it’s impossible to point to a single element that works.
  5. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Oct 31, 2018
    25
    The characters are lifeless composites with little or no reason to care about what they’re doing. The dialogue is blunt at best and painful at worst. The look of the series, with both episodes directed by Liz Friedlander, is so plain viewers will find themselves missing the animated credits sequence--that is, until it rolls around again at the start of Episode 2 and reminds you why it, too, is pretty gross.
  6. New York Post
    Reviewed by: Michael Starr
    Oct 26, 2018
    12
    The first two episodes are so convoluted, long-winded and expository that the dramatic payoffs, when they finally do arrive, seem anti-climactic.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Nov 9, 2018
    10
    Refreshing series that takes place in the actual NYC showing its darkest sides and the evolution of our society constantly exposed to violenceRefreshing series that takes place in the actual NYC showing its darkest sides and the evolution of our society constantly exposed to violence and crime. The first episodes may be a bit slow but the storyline looks promising. The performances of Paul Wesley, Billy Magnussen and Kim Cattrall are by themselves good enough a reason to start watching the show.