Critic Consensus: "Past Perfect" may take a surprising detour or two from previous episodes of Castle Rock, but it ultimately proves another consistent outing for the Stephen King-inspired horror series.
Critic reviews for Past Perfect
Though this is all staged with bloody aplomb by director Ana Lily Amirpour (The Bad Batch), it amounts to nothing more than a tangent side-plot King has routinely been known for clogging up his primary narratives with.
While "Past Perfect" doesn't touch the quality of last week's submission, there's a shift in ambiance that suits the bloodbath that ensues.
It's an episode that is so enraptured in the puzzle box aspect of it all that it seems to overpower anything else.
As it turns out, Skarsgard doesn't need clownface or his unsettling eye trick to send chills down the spine, and The Kid upped the eerie ante in "Past Perfect" thanks to an encounter with Molly at the end of the episode.
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