Black Mirror: Season 5 Reviews

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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.
June 5, 2019
Black Mirror's 'be careful what you wish for' take on technology is as wired as ever.
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
These episodes are lighter than you might expect from Black Mirror. There's no pitch-black Crocodile in amongst this batch, and one of them is positively a romp, but that's not to say that the themes aren't heavy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 5, 2019
Series five, newly out on Netflix, consists of only three episodes but each is richly suggestive, cunningly plotted and captivatingly played.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 5, 2019
It's weird to feel so poorly about three arguably good episodes of television, but the short length of Season 5 only serves to highlight the deficiencies of the season as a whole.
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 5, 2019
The three instalments vary in mood, genre and just about everything else (as anthologies are designed to do) but they share a new air of calm authority.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 5, 2019
As the world around us becomes more and more unstable, Black Mirror now finds itself in a precarious position. How can your dystopian sci-fi show compete with the actual impending actual dystopia?
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
June 5, 2019
The fifth series of Black Mirror is comprised of episodes that feel less like the work of Brooker and more like thin, wanting knock-offs that were inspired by him.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
June 5, 2019
It's slower, more methodical, and not at all what you're expecting. But there's a reason for just about every tonal choice, and it helps to deliver a brilliantly written and emotion-driven journey.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 5, 2019
Season 5 can't help but feel like a placeholder, something created only to fulfil certain contractual obligations, or perhaps to buy Charlie Brooker more time to create the next Bandersnatch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
June 4, 2019
The new season recalls the most human elements of past episodes while levying urgent indictments of the present.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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