Bates Motel Reviews & Ratings

Mondays, 10:00 PM ET on A&E

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The teenage years of Norman Bates from Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho."
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Aug 4, 2014 12:46AM EDT
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The relationship between Norma and Norman makes me kind of uncomfortable at time, this show is very Kubric-esk, it reminds me of Clock Work. It's worth giving a chance, but I'm still on the fence.

The relationship between Norma and Norman makes me kind of uncomfortable at time, this show is very Kubric-esk, it reminds me of Clock Work. It's worth giving a chance, but I'm still on the fence.

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Jul 12, 2014 7:30AM EDT
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Hmm, this is a bit of a strange one. Wouldn't dream of missing an episode, but at the same time am not sure how much i like it. The story is certainly engaging and the acting top notch, but somehow the story stretches just a little too thin, there's too much else going on that could be tv shows in themselves: the drug ring: the sick girl trying to fit in with her peers; the unhinged mother. While it works in some respects, I often find myself urging the writers to just get to the point. That said, by the conclusion of the second series we did seem to be focusing more on Norman's problems and developing the arc of the character that leads to Norman Bates - aka Psycho.Will just have to see what season 3 brings

Hmm, this is a bit of a strange one. Wouldn't dream of missing an episode, but at the same time am not sure how much i like it. The story is certainly engaging and the acting top notch, but somehow the story stretches just a little too thin, there's too much else going on that could be tv shows in themselves: the drug ring: the sick girl trying to fit in with her peers; the unhinged mother. While it works in some respects, I often find myself urging the writers to just get to the point. That said, by the conclusion of the second series we did seem to be focusing more on Norman's problems and developing the arc of the character that leads to Norman Bates - aka Psycho.Will just have to see what season 3 brings

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Mar 4, 2016 10:04PM EST
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This show is off the chain! The writing and acting is so----good. I can't wait for it to start next week.

This show is off the chain! The writing and acting is so----good. I can't wait for it to start next week.

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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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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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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!