House of Cards: Season 1 Reviews

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November 27, 2017
I'm impressed by the daring of the writing staff, which has done the unthinkable: set up a realistic challenge to a marriage of soul mates.
November 27, 2017
As a solid, well-executed, oftentimes gorgeously shot series, House Of Cards is a smart move for Netflix.
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 8, 2017
Series creator Beau Willimon, who wrote the play that became the movie The Ides of March, was once a junior Dean staffer, but he seems to have absorbed only the cheap gesturing, not any actual knowledge of politics.
November 17, 2015
The production values are lush, the pacing tight, the dialogue razor-sharp ("I love that woman," Underwood says of his wife at one point. "I love her more than sharks love blood"), the tone dark and delightfully nasty.
Full Review | Original Score: A
November 17, 2015
For now, to quote another politician, mission accomplished. And as in D.C., if "House of Cards" is deemed enough of a success by whatever criteria Netflix employs to keep the money flowing, you can bet everybody will get in line.
September 16, 2013
The production is gorgeous, the performances pristine. Nothing feels out of place, but nothing feels particularly vibrant, either.
February 6, 2013
Having watched House of Cards I am more convinced than ever that Netflix is pushing something really addictive - and also that shows don't need to be nearly as nice looking, or thoughtful as House of Cards to do the trick.
February 6, 2013
Watch at whatever pace you'd like -- immediately. Given its quality, I think you'll be drinking it all in sooner rather than later.
Full Review | Original Score: A
February 5, 2013
But as a protagonist, he [Spacey] ultimately leaves House of Cards curiously cold.
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February 4, 2013
House of Cards may not be the best show on television, but it is in the same league as the best shows, and that makes all the difference.
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
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
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
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 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.
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