We Liked: Freddie Highmore and Vera Farmiga play Norman Bates and Norma Bates very well. This makes the audience attached to the characters and makes the story matter.
We Disliked: It is bittersweet that the town is so messed up. This takes away from the focus on Norman Bates but also allows the story to progress because no one catches onto Bates being a killer.
Our Final Take: 4 / 5 Good
"Bates Motel" (2013)
Synopsis: Centers on a mother and son who come to a new town so that they can start over and set up a new business, but a lot of mysterious incidents happen, including the unanswered and horrible acts of the son.
Directors: Christopher Nelson, Nestor Carbonell, Max Thieriot, Tim Southam, Tucker Gates, Roxann Dawson, Phil Abraham, Ed Bianchi
Genres: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Mystery
Producers: Carlton Cuse, Kerry Ehrin, Heather Meehan, Justis Greene, Cory Bird, Tucker Gates, John Powers Middleton, Vera Farmiga, Christopher Nelson, Jamie Kaye Wheeler, Alyson Evans, Steve Kornacki, Mark Wolper, Roy Lee, Alexandra Cunningham, Liz Tigelaar, Nikki Toscano, Jenna Bauer, Pete Whyte, Scott Kosar, Erica Lipez, Tim Southam, Jeff Wadlow, Diane Ruggiero, John Mavrogeorge
Musicians: Chris Bacon
Editors: Sarah Boyd, Christopher Nelson, Vikash Patel, Ryan Neatha Johnson, Cedric Nairn-Smith, Kevin Krasny, David Eisenberg