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'Bates Motel': What are the reviews saying?

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(Read caption) 'Bates Motel' stars Vera Farmiga (l.) and Freddie Highmore (r.).

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"Bates Motel," which premiered on A&E on March 18, is inspired by Alfred Hitchcock's cinema classic "Psycho" and set in modern times. The show focuses on the relationship between Norman Bates and his living mother, Norma. Norman is played by Freddie Highmore who starred in the 2005 movie "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," and Norma is played by Vera Farmiga, most famous for her role in the 2009 movie "Up in the Air," which also starred George Clooney.

Reviews have largely been positive, with Los Angeles Times writer Mary McNamara complimenting Vera Farmiga's performance in particular, saying she "is reason enough to watch" "Bates Motel." Meanwhile, New Jersey Star-Ledger writer Vicki Hyman gave it an A-, saying, "[It] wastes little time in shedding blood (there is a rather graphic sequence in the pilot), but there's more suspense than outright scares. This property is definitely worth the hourly rate."


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