Black Mirror: Season 4 Reviews

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Top Critic
November 25, 2019
Season four's batch of six episodes stand out because few fans can agree on which episodes are best.
March 28, 2018
Brilliant casting and cameos make the whole thing a must-see.
January 12, 2018
This season has also reduced and clarified the themes under the show's microscope, and therefore focused Black Mirror into a more coherent work.
January 11, 2018
The six roomy new episodes of Charlie Brooker's anthology series play like a Rod Serling snack pack of dreadful speculation.
January 3, 2018
The best Black Mirror episodes - of which "USS Callister" is definitely one - identify issues lurking beneath the surface of the real world and extrapolate them into a future where technology has given them form and heft.
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
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-
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
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.
December 29, 2017
If the show wants to position itself as entirely of the moment, it has more work to do in meeting its viewers where they are, at a place where concern over what we're doing to each other extends beyond implanted brain-modification technologies.
December 29, 2017
Black Mirror has remained free to aim as high as it does. This year, its finest hours signaled their ambitions by daring to let some light into an often pitch-black drama.
December 29, 2017
But as provocative and to the point as Black Mirror's speculative technology is, it keeps the new episodes from exploring more flawed developments that might make for more interesting episodes.
December 29, 2017
It also leans into horror by exploring the dark underbelly of fan obsession: What was intended as a therapeutic escape becomes a corrupt addiction.
December 29, 2017
If there's any festive spirit left lingering, then this will knock it right out of you. Black Mirror is darker than it has ever been.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 28, 2017
With rotating casts and directors, anthology series are uneven by nature, and this season feels more so as "Black Mirror" occasionally struggles to capture the sense of surprise that was long its greatest strength.
December 27, 2017
No other series manages the kind of stomach-dropping, throat-lumping, head-pounding dread of this dystopian nightmare-scape.
December 27, 2017
As a body of work it's more interesting than satisfying, although "USS Callister," the standout episode, is spectacular, while "Hang the DJ" has the kind of winning optimism that made Season 3's Emmy-winning "San Junipero" such a hit.
December 27, 2017
To his credit, Brooker continues to experiment with the format, capitalizing on the latitude that the show's success has afforded him.
Top Critic
December 26, 2017
Each episode is a gem but -- since you asked -- my favorite is "USS Callister," which borders on genius.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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