Critic Consensus: "Hated in the Nation" concludes Black Mirror's third season on a strong note, effectively conveying the sometimes fatal consequences of online hate through a narrative that is morally complex and cinematically invigorating.
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Critic reviews for Hated in the Nation
Hated in the Nation is blunt, but its target is diffuse... It's a depressing note to end Black Mirror on, but a fitting one -- a caution to its audience to never feel too high and mighty about your conduct online.
The story is 90 minutes of classic pulp mystery (feature-length ain't no thang on Netflix mang), but because this is one of the darkest sci-fi series to ever hit the small screen.
Director James Hawes is a TV mini-series stalwart -- and he uses the episode's larger canvas to give the moral complexities of Brooker's script the breathing space they deserve.
So much of "Hated in the Nation" is smart and weird and fascinating that it's a shame the whole thing isn't just a little bit tighter.
I do admit that the episode introduces some real topical discussion but there is nothing studious or compelling about literalized murder resulting from internet hate.
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