Bates Motel Reviews & Ratings

Mondays, 9:00 PM ET on A&E

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The teenage years of Norman Bates from Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho."
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Jan 13, 2016 7:58AM EST
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Bates Motel is a prequel version of Psycho set in modern times. What makes this show so successful is it's ability to tell a dark story well. Watching as main character Norman begins to unwind and his mother Norma protects is riveting.

Bates Motel is a prequel version of Psycho set in modern times. What makes this show so successful is it's ability to tell a dark story well. Watching as main character Norman begins to unwind and his mother Norma protects is riveting.

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Sep 20, 2015 7:44PM EDT
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I just can't say enough about this show. The entire origin story of Norman is very intriguing and the acting is spectacular.

I just can't say enough about this show. The entire origin story of Norman is very intriguing and the acting is spectacular.

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Jul 5, 2015 9:27PM EDT
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The starts off a little slow but develops into something deviously captivating. The story is sadistic; about a dysfunctional family trying to run away from its past and start a new life. The bond between mother and son is twisted and corrupt. I recommend this show.

The starts off a little slow but develops into something deviously captivating. The story is sadistic; about a dysfunctional family trying to run away from its past and start a new life. The bond between mother and son is twisted and corrupt. I recommend this show.

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Mar 20, 2015 9:50PM EDT
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I have a confession to make. I have never seen Psycho. I keep meaning to but every time I go pick up movies I wind up finding new ones I want to watch. However, this means I'm not biased by the inevitable movie comparisons.

This show is good. Well written and creepy. They do the violence in a way that makes it horribly clear as to what happened without actually showing much. That takes good acting and good directing.

Freddie Highmore manages to be sympathetic and creepy which can be difficult to balance. Despite knowing where he is heading I can't help hoping for him to turn it around.

Vera Farmiga is really impressive as well. It doesn't take long to why she has been nominated for this role for quite a few awards.

Also, bonus points for Nestor Carbonell and those gorgeous eyes.

I hope it continues for a long time without jumping the shark.

I have a confession to make. I have never seen Psycho. I keep meaning to but every time I go pick up movies I wind up finding new ones I want to watch. However, this means I'm not biased by the inevitable movie comparisons.

This show is good. Well written and creepy. They do the violence in a way that makes it horribly clear as to what happened without actually showing much. That takes good acting and good directing.

Freddie Highmore manages to be sympathetic and creepy which can be difficult to balance. Despite knowing where he is heading I can't help hoping for him to turn it around.

Vera Farmiga is really impressive as well. It doesn't take long to why she has been nominated for this role for quite a few awards.

Also, bonus points for Nestor Carbonell and those gorgeous eyes.

I hope it continues for a long time without jumping the shark.

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Feb 21, 2015 5:16AM EST
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A fascinating and exciting show which perfectly illustrates the fatal impact of a highly dysfunctional mother-son relationship on both Norman and Norma. Great cast and great writing. I like the inside-look one gets into a psychopaths mind. The only thing I don't care for is the whole thing with the drugs. It seems a bit far-fetched. Other than that it's a great show.

A fascinating and exciting show which perfectly illustrates the fatal impact of a highly dysfunctional mother-son relationship on both Norman and Norma. Great cast and great writing. I like the inside-look one gets into a psychopaths mind. The only thing I don't care for is the whole thing with the drugs. It seems a bit far-fetched. Other than that it's a great show.

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Oct 16, 2014 8:52PM EDT
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Having seen Psycho, this was a must see to understand the origins of Norman Bates. I must say, it has been a thrill to watch.

Having seen Psycho, this was a must see to understand the origins of Norman Bates. I must say, it has been a thrill to watch.

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Jul 16, 2014 9:39PM EDT
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Eerie, interesting, and downright tragic at times. The modern day prequel to Psycho is not for the light hearted. Vera Farmiga's incredible portrayal of Norma Bates shines alongside Freddie Highmore's Norman.

Eerie, interesting, and downright tragic at times. The modern day prequel to Psycho is not for the light hearted. Vera Farmiga's incredible portrayal of Norma Bates shines alongside Freddie Highmore's Norman.

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Apr 16, 2016 6:38AM EDT
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creepy and weird, but awesome to watch

creepy and weird, but awesome to watch

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Apr 5, 2016 5:12PM EDT
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Can we just appreciate the amazing acting done by this cast. From Norman, the psychopath, to Emma , playing a teenage girl dealing with hormones and a deadly disease. I feel like this show is what TV should be about; Intrigue and drama with amazing actors.

Can we just appreciate the amazing acting done by this cast. From Norman, the psychopath, to Emma , playing a teenage girl dealing with hormones and a deadly disease. I feel like this show is what TV should be about; Intrigue and drama with amazing actors.

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Jul 28, 2015 7:43PM EDT
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I love the movie Psycho, so this show is a must for me!

I love the movie Psycho, so this show is a must for me!