Black Mirror: Season 1 Episode 2 - TV Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Black Mirror: Season 1 Episode 2 Reviews

Page 1 of 1
Samantha Olthof
Film School Rejects
June 10, 2019

Black Mirror has never been one to shy away from an unsettling ending.

Jacob Hall
December 3, 2018

"Fifteen Million Merits," the first great episode of Black Mirror, takes the world of YouTube and mobile gaming and pushes it to hellish extremes.

Corey Atad
Esquire Magazine
October 8, 2018

It's beautiful to look at, and offers a lot to chew on.

Ian Berriman
SFX Magazine
October 2, 2018

Like the best science fiction, "15 Million Merits" makes you think, tackling the important issues of the day in a way that a mass audience can comprehend.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Charles Bramesco
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic
October 2, 2018

Brooker puts the carnivorous culture of reality TV on trial in this diabolical hour, set in a world where lower-caste citizens pedal stationary bikes to power their surroundings and earn meager currency.

Aubrey Page
October 2, 2018

"Fifteen Million Merits" has some of the most intricate world building Black Mirror has ever managed to pull off.

Alyssa Fikse
October 2, 2018

"Fifteen Million Merits" might showcase the bleakest history on Black Mirror.

Keith Watson
Metro (UK)
September 5, 2018

Boasting fine performances from Daniel Kaluuya as Bing and Jessica Brown-Findlay. (Downton Abbey’s Sybil) as Abi,... 15 Million Merits sounded a salutary warning about the dehumanising direction technology is taking us.

David Sims
AV Club
Top Critic
September 5, 2018

[It's] a dazzling piece of science fiction that builds its world out slowly but perfectly over the course of an hour-and packs an emotional wallop along with the "15 minutes into the future" warning you already expect.

Full Review | Original Score: A
Robert Beames
What Culture
September 4, 2018

The whole episode is full of astute social observations and brimming with sharp black comedy, but it stood out for me because of its unexpected beauty and tenderness.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Emily Yoshida
Top Critic
August 31, 2018

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.

Alec Bojalad
Den of Geek
August 31, 2018

Fifteen Million Merits at times feels like every futuristic science fiction idea rolled into one hour-long package... And it works. Largely because the human story within it works.

Eneko Ruiz Jimenez
El Pais (Spain)
August 18, 2018

This episode of the first season shoots against several flanks, like "trash TV" or an alienated society taken to the extreme that can be extrapolated easily to the current reality. A future world but very present. [Full Review in Spanish]

Sam Richards
Daily Telegraph (UK)
Top Critic
August 15, 2018

[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.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Page 1 of 1