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Luther: Season 1 (2010)




Critic Consensus: Gritty and ambiguous, Luther is a captivating drama bolstered by a powerhouse performance from Idris Elba in the title role.


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Idris Elba, known for playing drug dealer Stringer Bell on "The Wire," explores life on the other side of the law in this psychological crimedrama from acclaimed crime writer Neil Cross ("MI-5"). Elba portrays John Luther, a brilliant but tortured homicide detective who gets caught up in the psychological cat-and-mouse game between detective and criminal. Co-stars include Ruth Wilson as Alice Morgan, Warren Brown as DS Justin Ripley, Steven Mackintosh as DCI Ian Reed and Saskia Reevesas DSU Rose Teller.


Idris Elba
as John Luther
Ruth Wilson
as Alice Morgan
Steven Mackintosh
as Det. Chief Insp. Ian Reed
Indira Varma
as Zoe Luther
Paul McGann
as Mark North
Saskia Reeves
as Det. Superintendent Rose Teller
Warren Brown
as Det. Sgt. Justin Ripley
Anton Saunders
as Henry Madsen
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Critic Reviews for Luther: Season 1

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (7)

Come for some slightly above-average murder mysteries, stay for some way above-average central performances. Luther is often good, never clean and always fun.

April 28, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Creator and writer Neil Cross explores tricky dramatic territory, with suspense, crackling dialogue and a talented cast.

October 17, 2010 | Full Review…

It's beautifully shot, full of slick architectural vistas, and boasts the versatile and saucy Ruth Wilson as its villainess.

October 17, 2010 | Full Review…

Powerful, challenging, ambiguous, surprising, dark, odd, stunning, grisly, disturbing, raw, sexy, taut, intense, captivating.

October 17, 2010 | Full Review…

Snag is, the plot is ridiculous, and a batch of rather fine actors have been persuaded to throw subtlety and logic to the winds and to portray characters which veer wildly between cliché and implausibility...

July 17, 2018 | Full Review…

This was woeful ham, utterly redeemed by Idris, and I await Luther II with genuine anticipation and my cliché-pants ready.

June 22, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Luther: Season 1



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Elba shows just how far dynamism can carry a show. At its peaks, Luther is some of the most compelling viewing available. The show is at its pinnacle when Elba and Ruth Wilson share the screen. In the barren stretches without Wilson, the plot really falters and the writing becomes quite stereotypical of cop-drama murder mysteries. Season 1 is by far the best.


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