Black Mirror: Season 4 Reviews

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January 3, 2018
Charlie Brooker's somber series has made a name for itself by taking viewers into a digital dystopia again and again, but lately, it seems Black Mirror is finding greater success guiding audiences to a more hopeful place.
January 3, 2018
But Season 4's standout episodes have suspense and ambition to spare and will get you thinking nonetheless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 3, 2018
Brooker did it again.
December 29, 2017
Season 4 suggests Brooker's mind is as imaginative and twisted as ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 29, 2017
With its winningly ghoulish approach to mankind's immaturely bearish embrace of technology, Black Mirror is the rare TV series that is delivered in the perfect format, funneling a wide variety of anthologized stories through Charlie Brooker's tonal prism.
December 29, 2017
Black Mirror has come so far now, with diverse genres, delayed plot device reveals and super-sized budgets.
December 29, 2017
There are plenty of dark Black Mirror tales worthy of your time this season.
December 29, 2017
As is suggested in [Season 4,] it is possible for love and humanity to prevail, and thrilling when they do -- it's not a betrayal of "serious" storytelling to let the light in occasionally.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 29, 2017
Overall, Season 4 is a truly mixed bag, evenly split between gems and duds. But the great thing about Black Mirror is you can watch the episodes in any order.
December 29, 2017
Director Jodie Foster (channeling her Tales from the Darkside experience) constructs some unforgettable images-ripe and warm, next to gory reminders of mortality-for us to observe while the parenting drama becomes something darker.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.6/10
December 29, 2017
After the year we've had, it seems perfectly fitting to delve into this bleak batch of episodes in which we see characters desperately try, disastrously fail, then try again mostly to get absolutely nowhere.
December 29, 2017
The show seems to have some thoughts about race and criminal justice that it never quite completes. But it haunts me more than any other show. I love it all the more because its brilliance feels finite.
December 29, 2017
Black Mirror's fourth season has taken on a different tone, and while some episodes may feel unfamiliar in comparison to earlier seasons, the show continues to thrive in its depiction of Orwellian nightmares.
December 29, 2017
USS Callister is proof there's room for Black Mirror's concept to grow - boldly going where the show hasn't gone before with truly spectacular results.
December 29, 2017
If geek franchises want to move forward, they're going to need to learn how to leave the dead weight of the past behind them. Even in the techno-nightmare future of Black Mirror, sympathy has its limits.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
December 29, 2017
Black Mirror has never really tackled parenthood before now, and it just proves how much untapped, uncharted territory there still is out there for the series to explore. Big Mother is watching you.
Top Critic
December 29, 2017
While "USS Callister" is the most timely and vital of the new episodes, "Hang The DJ" (named after a line in a song by The Smiths) is the freshest and the most humane.
December 29, 2017
Because if previous series seemed like a wake-up call for a society careening towards chaos, this one largely envisions a way to fight back.
December 29, 2017
The three best Mirrors are "ArkAngel," "Hang the DJ," and "Metalhead."
December 29, 2017
As is always the case on Black Mirror, each narrative functions as a cautionary tale about our increasing reliance on all things coded or in the cloud, primarily its effect on personal privacy and its Orwellian freeze on free will.
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