Parents' Guide to

Lisey's Story

By Matt Cabral, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Slow-paced King adaptation has language, violence.

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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

Why Lisey’s Story is fine for teenagers..

Growing up, My parents would never allow me shows with R ratings or movies not my age. But if your a parent, It’s not about the ratings. It’s about the content in it and If your kid is ready for something mature enough to watch. This movie may have violence and swearing. But it is amazing. The first episode kind of bored me but the rest turned out great. If your kid is a teenager show them this show. They might enjoy it.

Is It Any Good?

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Stephen King's passionate followers have had no shortage of TV adaptations of the author's work to dig into lately; sadly, they may wish to leave Lisey's Story at the bottom of the pile. But as 2020's The Outsider and this year's The Stand proved, not all of these small-screen takes are created equal -- while the former was one of the better King adapts in recent memory, the latter left many fans disappointed, as Lisey's Story is likely to do.

The series is beautifully shot, features stellar performances and production values, and oozes with haunting atmosphere. That said, its story rarely achieves the high bar set by these other elements. While it generally does a decent job balancing its various genre influences, the narrative relies too heavily on disjointed, sloppily placed sequences that often switch between dreams, nightmares, alternate realities, flashbacks, and even flashbacks within flashbacks. Toss in a meandering pace that fails to keep the series' stretched-thin mysteries compelling, and Lisey's Story is best left to the pages of King's original novel.

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