Shut Up and Dance
Black Mirror Season 3

65%

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Critic Ratings: 23
Critics Consensus

Terrifically tense and twisty, "Shut Up and Dance" is well-paced and incredibly unsettling, leaving viewers stunned and with a greater distaste for humanity than normally evoked from an average episode Black Mirror.

Episode Info

When withdrawn 19-year- old Kenny (Alex Lawther) stumbles headlong into an online trap, he is quickly forced into an uneasy alliance with shifty Hector (Jerome Flynn) - both of them at the mercy of persons unknown.

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Critic Reviews for Shut Up and Dance

No episode of "Black Mirror" will leave you feeling worse about humanity than this one. It's brilliantly plotted and paced, and the ultimate prank is on you. Oh, also? It could happen.

Oct 2, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The episode felt like too much of an endurance test, with no clear message or moment of redemption to take away from it.

Aug 17, 2018 | Full Review…

Lawther's performance stands out and the episode will leave viewers questioning humanity.

Nov 20, 2018 | Full Review…

There's some decent character work in the middle...but the rest is sheer unpleasantness in want of a greater statement.

Oct 3, 2018 | Full Review…

"Shut Up and Dance" certainly has its merits, but it's also perhaps the most succinct example of just how wrong Black Mirror can go.

Oct 3, 2018 | Full Review…

There's an outrageousness to Shut Up and Dance that makes it both easier and more difficult to enjoy. It's the most suspense-driven and conventional of the third season.

Sep 4, 2018 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Often, it feels almost too sadistic, but this heavy-handedness doesn't feel out of place. While not my favorite episode, it succeeds in being deeply unsettling

Aug 18, 2018 | Full Review…

The twist makes sense as a plot mechanism -- but the revelation, coupled with a dated trollface meme, turns the episode extremely bleak, even for Black Mirror.

Aug 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Shut Up and Dance grippingly demonstrates how dangerous our tendency to use the Internet as an extension of ourselves has become, and how easily it can be used to manipulate us -- in the most despicable ways.

Aug 18, 2018 | Rating: 9.7/10 | Full Review…

It's not that "Shut Up and Dance" is a bad hour of entertainment - it's that it's a half-measure approach to a concept we've seen done a dozen times before and frequently executed with more menace and wit.

Dec 3, 2018 | Full Review…

An overwhelming story of psychological terror, a spooky road trip that could never have a good ending. [Full Review in Spanish]

Aug 18, 2018 | Full Review…

This one is just rubbish.

Aug 22, 2018 | Full Review…