House of Cards: Season 2 Reviews

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November 17, 2015
Still, the second season maintains the tension of the first season, and the "Bad Boys at Work" sign is still up. Let the binging begin.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 17, 2015
A joyride.
Full Review | Original Score: A
February 27, 2014
House of Cards isn't meant to be dissected. It's meant to be binged on. And it's a temptation to which I'm not immune.
February 19, 2014
Like Shakespeare's Richard III, House of Cards entices us with its lead character's bad deeds, then refuses to tell us how we should feel once we've seen them.
February 19, 2014
Kevin Spacey remains a delightful Southern-accented villain as Frank Underwood.
February 19, 2014
In almost every way, season two of House Of Cards is an improvement on season one.
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 30, 2018
House of cards, of which all the opinions I had heard coincided in their exceptionality, fascinates me moderately. [Full Review in Spanish]
January 12, 2018
The series forgot its identity and became a marital melodrama... [Full review in Spanish]
November 3, 2017
Frank is no longer the show's best character. The greatest triumph of Season 2 is in meeting the potential of Claire, played by Robin Wright with the stillness of a hunting animal.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 22, 2017
... it's Robin Wright's Claire Underwood who propels the show through its second season...
August 28, 2017
I really enjoyed the season, but there's a hollowness to the show that comes of its borrowing a form but refusing some of that form's basic terms, thinking that makes it fancier.
November 17, 2015
This year the theatricality veered into high-brow soap. There's something to be said for the pleasure of a smart, gorgeously crafted, and acted melodrama, mind you, but the edge was dulled.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
November 17, 2015
The Underwoods are upping their game for season two because the stakes are higher.
November 17, 2015
Frank turns to walk away. When Zoe follows, Frank turns back and pushes her directly into the path of an oncoming train. This guy sure doesn't mess around, does he?
November 17, 2015
Cards is still as handsomely crafted and marvelously acted as ever -- even when a smirky Spacey is chatting at the camera.
June 17, 2014
While House of Cards: Season Two isn't quite as good as the preceding season, it still provides enough thrills and intrigue to make it worth returning for another 13 episodes of Frank's continuous power struggle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
February 28, 2014
Deliciously dark undertow.
February 21, 2014
Season two does a better job of embracing the absurdity of its dark universe, where only characters with no moral compass can ever come out on top. It is our collective paranoid concept of Washington politics, in all of its depraved glory.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
February 20, 2014
Just how much more amazing can this show get?
February 19, 2014
House of Cards doesn't simply plod along like Frank and Claire's leisurely jog connecting the seasons; it jumps right off a narrative cliff without checking to see what's below.
February 18, 2014
House of Cards remains an absorbing tale of high-level government dysfunction populated by double-dealers who hold their aces under the table.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 18, 2014
Francis Underwood (Kevin Spacey) returns for another round of deception, manipulation and BBQ ribs in the second season of House of Cards, the delicious political thriller that has already changed television.
February 18, 2014
It's Claire, and the Underwood marriage, that makes House of Cards more than just a better-than-average addition to the genre of Antihero Drama Being Used to Establish a New Fiefdom in the Television Landscape
February 18, 2014
The new season of House of Cards falters in many of the very places where the first season excelled.
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