House of Cards: Season 6 Reviews

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November 12, 2018
House of Cards...trashes itself, even if it was a sort of knowing trash to start with.
November 9, 2018
The new season of House of Cards doesn't feel like an arbitrary story overhaul in response to the #MeToo crisis. It feels right.
November 5, 2018
What was once macabre is now mundane.
November 5, 2018
Dealt that bad hand, the "Cards" writers have responded with a truncated final season -- one that elevates Robin Wright's role her new Commander in Chief status, while still providing a window into the world of bare-knuckled political brawling.
November 2, 2018
Season six is a web with no spider at the centre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 2, 2018
Plans, schemes, endgames -- who has any use for those? The crazier Washington became, the more House of Cards lost its touch.
November 2, 2018
It looks and sounds like great drama. It smells like ham.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 2, 2018
Wright's performance reflects all of his cynicism, calculation and deep, unhealed wounds that powered his engine, and now hers as a President who pledges allegiance only to herself and her gender.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
November 2, 2018
The gaping cynicism of these faux Washington insiders also paints a depressing picture of the actual current climate, especially against the backdrop of the real-life controversy in the White House.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
November 1, 2018
The self-serious drama hasn't just morphed into a Ryan Murphy fantasy sequence; it appears to have thought more holistically about what promoting women should actually look like.
November 1, 2018
Cards has always been a show whose plot contortions could confuse and whose incremental intrigue could bore, and those problems are worse now that everyone seems to be whispering.
October 31, 2018
As the first made-to-binge show is finally over, we turn to its less high-falutin' spawn to release us from the chokeholds of binge-era mediocrity.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
October 31, 2018
While serving up a new batch of so-so operatives... to vex Claire, the best thing about the final episodes of "House of Cards" is the return of several ghosts of Underwood administrations past.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
October 31, 2018
Claire's turn and she makes it count.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 30, 2018
Wright, who was always the show's secret superweapon anyway, seizes the spotlight as if by divine right, changing the energy of the entire piece.
October 29, 2018
Following Robin Wright through this season as she reveals Claire slowly and deliberately is worth a binge.
Top Critic
October 26, 2018
It sounds like a compelling story, but Claire remains an icy, tough-to-read cipher through much of it, despite flashbacks to her childhood and that fourth-wall-breaking, talking-to-the-viewers thing that Spacey once did so well.
October 24, 2018
A closing chapter, without Spacey, allows the show its rightful final bow, unencumbered by scandal, and defined, in its finality, by a character far more complex and compelling than Spacey's Frank Underwood could ever have been.
October 24, 2018
As always with House of Cards, though, the particulars of the intrigue are not as important as the people behind it. One of the chief delights of this season is the showcase it gives to actresses in their midlife prime.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 23, 2018
In the moments when Claire is allowed not just the camera but the story, "House of Cards" is a ride; when the past is relitigated and the specter of Frank rears up once more, it feels like that worst thing a binge-able drama can be: a trudge.
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