Black Mirror: Season 5 Reviews

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June 5, 2019
Season five is a mess, and nothing about it suggests that Black Mirror retains its original, unnerving insight into the ever-blurring borders between the digital and the human.
June 5, 2019
Watching Black Mirror's three brand-new installments on Netflix makes it clear that the series, in our current TV universe, claims and holds the fantasy anthology series crown.
June 5, 2019
Such dissonance underscores the impression, supported by the occasional but conspicuous Britishisms that issue from the mouths of American characters in the Netflix seasons, that Brooker isn't getting enough feedback on his scripts.
June 5, 2019
Any anthology is going to yield somewhat uneven results, but Brooker's hitting percentage has been pretty envious. By that measure, a homerun, a single and a pop up isn't bad, but "Striking Vipers" is the one that really draws blood.
June 20, 2019
It may not be on the level of classic Black Mirror... but it's still a fine place to look for digital-era self-reflection. Just don't expect this run of episodes to break your brain.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 14, 2019
Even with only three new episodes to watch, season 5 of Black Mirror delivers. All three episodes are worth watching - some more than once!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 13, 2019
The kind of anthology show that proved the possibilities of television 60 years ago... No one does the year 2025 like Black Mirror.
June 12, 2019
This season of Black Mirror is softer than previous entries, but this change of pace isn't wholly unwelcome. It's nice to see that Brooker isn't obsessed with making his content 'edgy for edges' sake.
June 10, 2019
Taken together, an utter treat, although real life is surely moving faster than even Black Mirror's vaulting imagination can keep pace with.
June 7, 2019
Anything that's tech and dystopian is now "a bit Black Mirror", but the latest three episodes remind you how it's the human moments that set the series apart from mere tech horrors.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 6, 2019
For a show that's built its brand on nihilistic spirals, there's something heartening in watching Black Mirror embrace the audacity of hope.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 6, 2019
The three episodes combine, however, to make for a slight and overly long viewing experience.
June 6, 2019
A shorter season of "Black Mirror" brings this show back to its roots in how it feels more immediate and plausible... these more contained fables have the eerie effect working like a true mirror to how we live and feel today.
June 5, 2019
'Black Mirror' has lost its spark as season five leans on findings of the past. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
June 5, 2019
Cyrus' casting packs "Ashley Too" with heaps of spoken and unspoken observations about the kind of environment that would create someone like her.
June 5, 2019
Black Mirror's fifth season is one of the series' best, with a condensed batch of new stories that deliver great storytelling, interesting characters, and fascinating technologies that don't overshadow Charlie Brooker's deeply personal stories.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
June 5, 2019
The new trio of stories still pack a punch, with Brooker putting social media giants and the music industry in his satirical crosshairs.
June 5, 2019
Brooker still has the teeth - and the imagination to craft tales that link into our techno-paranoia, showing us a world gone wrong where we are not too careful - but the bite is somewhat lacking.
June 5, 2019
If Black Mirror has moved from telling future stories to telling right-now stories, it might need to readjust.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 5, 2019
Compared to the deep imaginative voyages of previous series... the new season feels woefully underpowered.
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