Marvel's Luke Cage: Season 1 Reviews

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July 3, 2019
There are excellent performances, lots of engaging references and the odd good scene or line, but overall it lacks substance, reality and grit.
March 30, 2018
Marvel's Luke Cage is by far the most intriguing, most political and least cartoonish of Netflix's fast-growing folio of interconnected Marvel franchises.
October 5, 2016
Netflix's excellent Luke Cage is its latest addition to the Marvel universe, building on the success of Daredevil and Jessica Jones with an even more charismatic hero.
October 4, 2016
One of Luke Cage's greatest triumphs is its use of music, which resonates more prominently and energetically than in any previous Marvel screen property.
October 3, 2016
Fortunately for viewers, Netflix and Marvel's Luke Cage is more authentically black; a love letter to the black body and the black community opening with iconic images of Harlem projected on the titular character's back.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
September 30, 2016
Luke Cage is the result of a meticulous vision, and it should rightfully elevate Coker into the league of television auteurs.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
September 30, 2016
His show, like Jessica Jones before it, is heavy on noir ambiance. It's also loaded with crackling references to black history and culture, from the Revolutionary War to the Wu-Tang Clan.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 30, 2016
Daredevil boasted the best fight choreography of any live-action superhero adaptation in history, so Luke's got a tough act to follow, but this bodes well. The whole thing does, really.
September 30, 2016
The show is fiercely determined to make it clear that Luke's powers make him super, but it's the fact that he is black, proud and willing to stand up for what's right that makes him a hero. His race is a fundamental part of that heroism.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
September 29, 2016
Jones pulled off the trick of being both a compelling narrative and a smart, frightening commentary (in that case, on predatory male behavior). Cage tries to do a similar thing with racial politics but gets lost in platitudes.
September 29, 2016
In its newest Netflix series, starring Mike Colter as the bulletproof title character, Marvel demonstrates the power of placing a black hero in an environment where his superhuman abilities are what set him apart, not the color of his skin.
September 29, 2016
Luke Cage is like one of those vainglorious 1970s double albums that has way too much filler but that you still listen to all the way through because the musicianship is superb. It's a superhero slow jam.
September 29, 2016
Luke Cage is concerned with what it means to preserve a historically black community that is rapidly being gentrified.
September 29, 2016
Like Christopher Reeve, Colter holds the screen with confident charisma and makes his too-good-to-be-true dude completely credible. Now he needs an entertaining show worthy of him.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 29, 2016
The show, at its best, plays more like one of those crime novels than a Marvel property.
September 29, 2016
What Luke Cage excels at is making a believable Harlem, one where the inhabitants feel real.
September 28, 2016
Just as Colter moves with purpose, Luke Cage moves with purpose, even if that purpose isn't the same as what Civil War or Age of Ultron have led audiences to anticipate from Marvel.
September 28, 2016
It's a potent stew of cultural reference points that means Luke Cage ends up being fiercely watchable even for those who would not usually take in a superhero show.
September 28, 2016
The series is remarkable for the way it reimagines a superhero comic-book character created by white writers at the height of the 1970s Blaxploitation era.
September 28, 2016
Just as his character's skin is unbreakable, Colter's performance is more than strong enough to keep the focus on Luke Cage. The performance is so powerful we don't even care that the basic plot has been recycled from hundreds of comic books.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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