House of Cards: Season 1 Reviews

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February 1, 2013
House spirals high on a twisted foundation.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 1, 2013
They're not mind-bogglingly great, or even particularly surprising or delightful - just solidly adult, with moments of dark wit. If this show aired on an existing cable channel, or even a broadcast network, it wouldn't be considered an event.
February 1, 2013
Spacey vacillates between chilling and charming, breaking the fourth wall to speak directly, confidentially, to the camera.
February 1, 2013
Indeed, if the rest of the series is as good as the two episodes released early for review, House of Cards will in all probability become the first nontelevised television show to receive an Emmy nomination, or four.
February 1, 2013
It's still a class act with a lovely central performance from Spacey.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 1, 2013
Fincher's stamp is all over this production, the way his camera conveys a sense of firm gravity even as it glides smoothly across a scene, an all-seeing, all-knowing instrument of knowledge and drama.
February 1, 2013
It is safe to say that if it were on television, House of Cards would be the best series the medium has to offer.
February 1, 2013
If you're already on Netflix -- and if the first two hours made available for preview are a fair guide -- then this is the show to watch, and maybe rewatch when you're done.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 1, 2013
It's only a matter of time before they make at least one misstep and others start catching on to their game -- and it's hard to decide so early on whether it is a game we should be cheering for them to win.
January 31, 2013
Listening to Kevin Spacey in House of Cards, you feel as though you're hearing the devil himself, in his most seductive and shrewd incarnation.
January 31, 2013
So long as Fincher, Spacey, and Mara are at the show's center, there's enough here to entertain.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 31, 2013
House of Cards is as entertaining a vision as any of how most politicians would like to play politics if they thought they could get away with it.
January 31, 2013
One must be anesthetized for the series to have its desired effect of making us root for Underwood or at least feel suspense until each of his miniplots pans out to successful competition.
January 31, 2013
House of Cards is either the next logical step in scripted drama's decade-and-a-half-long exploration of anti-hero tropes, or it's a new platform taking shopworn ideas for one more expensive spin.
January 31, 2013
It's a very promising start, at a minimum. The distribution model for House of Cards may be looking to reinvent how we watch TV, but the show itself feels very much of a piece with what we've been seeing for the last 10 or 15 years.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 31, 2013
House of Cards is by no means a total disaster. It's pretty to look at, and, if your day has not already been consumed with Type A personalities inside the Beltway, then it may fall well within your definition of entertainment.
January 31, 2013
The show is dryly witty in its depiction of constancy and fidelity on the Potomac.
January 31, 2013
After two hours, I was as ravenous for more scheming and cynical philosophy as Underwood tucking into a second helping of barbecue. Spacey may well make him into the kind of classic antihero who is as fascinating in failure as in success
January 31, 2013
There is pleasure in watching Francis seem a saint while mostly he plays the devil.
January 31, 2013
You do not want to miss this one.
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