House of Cards: Season 5 Reviews

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.
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.
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.
August 29, 2017
"Chapter 53" takes quite the turn.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 5, 2017
Together, Spacey and Wright power a microwave year of House of Cards that reheats our interest for the franchise.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
June 2, 2017
Five seasons in, House of Cards still trades in predictable scripting that recycles the same themes time and again.
June 1, 2017
The bleakest (yet somehow still extremely fun to watch) season of the show yet.
May 31, 2017
All of a sudden, the presidential drama finds itself tragically behind the curve. What a pity -- it would have been so subversive if Hillary Clinton had won.
May 30, 2017
Are you not entertained?
Full Review | Original Score: B-
May 30, 2017
There's a methodical madness to this new season that feels of the moment.
May 30, 2017
The lunacy of real-world politics and the Donald Trump presidency have not made House of Cards dull; repetitive plotting, too many one-dimensional characters and an increasingly broad and hammy lead performance have made House of Cards dull.
May 30, 2017
Cards is still what it has always been: a melodrama about power-thirsty creeps. But the thrill has waned, its characters' machinations blunted by having actually attained power.
Top Critic
May 26, 2017
A good start after last season's erratic finish.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
May 17, 2017
Spacey and Wright again deliver such toothsome, showy performances -- owing more to Lord and Lady Macbeth than Bill and Hillary -- that the show remains highly watchable, despite those instances where it bubbles a little too over the top.