Black Mirror: Season 3 Episode 4 - TV Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Black Mirror: Season 3 Episode 4 Reviews

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Gina Carbone
June 10, 2019

This is a feel-good story about people dying and living forever in the '80s, which could easily sound like hell. Instead, Black Mirror makes heaven a place on Earth.

Jacob Hall
December 4, 2018

"San Junipero" feels like a promise - Black Mirror will never stop surprising us.

Corey Atad
Esquire Magazine
October 8, 2018

It's a beautiful story that will make you cry, which can't always be said of this series. Best of all it's anchored by excellent performances from Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Mackenzie Davis.

Aubrey Page
October 3, 2018

Certainly the most uplifting episode of Black Mirror, "San Junipero" works largely due to its perfectly cast pair of leads.

Jackie Strause
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic
October 3, 2018

["San Junipero"] is designed to come as a surprise.

Tim Molloy
Top Critic
October 2, 2018

Hard sci-fi with heart. This is another episode that, if it were a film, would be a Best Picture contender.

Gary Shannon
The Young Folks
September 4, 2018

Anything meaningful this episode wanted to say, however, is undermined (or more appropriately obliterated) by the detritus melodramatic nonsense it tries to pass off as legible, thought-provoking storytelling.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Charles Mudede
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
August 22, 2018

"San Junipero" also has lots of great music and maybe the best dance-floor scene since the one at the end of Claire Denis's Beau Travail.

Roxanne Sancto
Paste Magazine
August 18, 2018

San Junipero is the first Black Mirror episode that doesn't set out to make you feel uncomfortable, or even foolish.

Full Review | Original Score: 9.3/10
Eneko Ruiz Jimenez
El Pais (Spain)
August 18, 2018

Despite the charisma shown by its leading ladies, the episode does very little to be transcendent. Perhaps we have frozen hearts. [Full Review in Spanish]

Charline Jao
The Mary Sue
August 18, 2018

If you only watch one episode of this season, this is the one I recommend. San Junipero is getting a huge amount of praise, especially from the LGBTQIA community and it's well deserved.

Alan Sepinwall
August 18, 2018

Easily my favorite of the bunch, and the closest that Black Mirror is likely to get to an unabashedly happy ending.

Adam Chitwood
August 18, 2018

The story itself is wonderfully original and tons of fun,... So if you're watching "San Junipero" and start to feel like you've lost interest, stick around a few more minutes-you won't regret it.

David Sims
The Atlantic
Top Critic
August 17, 2018

San Junipero was easily my favorite of this batch of Black Mirror episodes... Its tone was so radically different -- this is the one story in which the implications of future technology are somewhat bright, and I was all the more relieved for it.

Matthew Hart
August 17, 2018

This episode, which plays with the ol' heart strings like it's been taking lessons, has plenty of big twists.

Emily VanDerWerff
August 17, 2018

That sets the episode apart from the rest of Black Mirror's third season is the way it beautifully balances character revelations with plot and setting revelations.

Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph (UK)
August 17, 2018

What holds your interest is Mbatha-Raw -- who brings enough vivacity and conviction to what's essentially a cipher of a role for the proudly tearjerking ending to land with a satisfying emotional thwack.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Alex Mullane
Digital Spy
August 15, 2018

It's sweet, and affecting, boasting fantastic performances from Mbatha-Raw and Davis, and a wonderfully tender score by Clint Mansell. Possibly the least flashy episode of the season, it's nonetheless a wholly effective hour of television.

Shirley Li
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic
August 15, 2018

San Junipero is a twisty, endless puzzle. San Junipero is heaven on Earth... It's the antidote to the poison the technology of Black Mirror appears to promise for our future.

Full Review | Original Score: A
Zack Handlen
AV Club
Top Critic
August 15, 2018

The power of San Junipero,... is beautiful and deeply moving and almost astonishingly humane,

Full Review | Original Score: A
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