Critic Consensus: Combining the worst aspects of reality shows, talent competitions, and a hunger for fame, "Fifteen Million Merits" effectively shows how anything -- even our humanity -- could be readily exploited.
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Critic reviews for 15 Million Merits
The most brutal blow of Fifteen Million Merits doesn't come until the end, and it's brutal precisely because you did not expect it to strike where it does.
[Black Mirror] expertly lassoed a whole range of targets, from craven politicians to sensationalist news outlets to the glib creators of shock art... [It] was a more conventional dystopian sci-fi fantasy, incorporating a caustic satire on TV talent shows.
"Fifteen Million Merits," the first great episode of Black Mirror, takes the world of YouTube and mobile gaming and pushes it to hellish extremes.
"Fifteen Million Merits" has some of the most intricate world building Black Mirror has ever managed to pull off.
"Fifteen Million Merits" might showcase the bleakest history on Black Mirror.
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