House of Cards: Season 5 Reviews

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July 30, 2019
I'm not sure if House of Cards renders President Trump's rise more understandable as a historical reality, but historical reality has certainly made season five's arcs more relatable.
May 29, 2019
Season five of "House of Cards" is some of the best we've seen from Netflix's premier Original series.
May 28, 2019
This is an intricate tapestry new co-showrunners Melissa James Gibson and Frank Pugliese are weaving... and while the season as a whole may be slightly over-filled with story, it's nevertheless as ruthless as we've come to expect.
May 20, 2019
...after a couple of seasons where House Of Cards shuffled the pack and confusingly brought too many players to the table, the focus is now firmly back on Spacey and the equally compelling Robin Wright as the ultimate political power couple.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 17, 2018
It's working harder than ever to stay relevant -- which makes it feel the opposite.
October 10, 2018
Overall the season was fine, but in the age of quality programming across the board, the flaws are far more obvious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 8, 2018
Enjoying this show going forward may mean divorcing it from the national entertainment of the moment-politics-and instead reveling in its scene-to-scene sneakiness.
July 6, 2018
It must have looked like great theatre on the page, but on screen it came across as overblown and silly. Was this the moment the pride of Netflix, a pioneer in the world of subscription TV, jumped the shark?
February 14, 2018
It's a pact between not just husband and wife and running mates but two clawing, deadly animals backed into a corner. It's also a foreboding promise that makes the first episodes of season five an anxious watch.
February 2, 2018
... the series has elevated itself to an entirely new level of crazy that allows it to be more unpredictable and enjoyable again.
December 28, 2017
Still, it's fun to watch Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright dig into their dastardly roles with such gusto.
November 30, 2017
Frank and Claire are at their best this season when they function as a peculiar couple speaking elevated and unrealistic dialogue, because today that's escapism: What if the villains walking the halls of the White House were thoughtful and capable?
October 16, 2017
Worse than all that, though, was that the show had lost its edge, its wit, its dark sense of fun; it didn't even break the fourth wall that much any more.
September 26, 2017
Season 5 does a good job of disrupting Frank Underwood's best laid plans by utilizing ghosts of the past.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
August 29, 2017
"Chapter 53" takes quite the turn.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
August 28, 2017
House of Cards - which was supposed to show us what a truly evil politician like Frank Underwood could do with our system - has instead become a morbidly interesting way to measure our decay.
August 25, 2017
Can we take a minute to bow down to Robin Wright?
August 18, 2017
With its muted color palette, finely crafted dialogue, and expert performances, House of Cards wears its prestige drama getup well, but that's not enough.
July 18, 2017
There's still life in the old House of Cards dog yet. But whether the Underwoods can keep playing a trump card on that guy in the White House remains to be seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 14, 2017
Stepping back into the Underwoods' White House feels familiar, but it's clear that the show's creators have gone to great lengths to avoid using the same old tricks and tropes.
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