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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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.
Creator and writer Neil Cross explores tricky dramatic territory, with suspense, crackling dialogue and a talented cast.
It's beautifully shot, full of slick architectural vistas, and boasts the versatile and saucy Ruth Wilson as its villainess.
Powerful, challenging, ambiguous, surprising, dark, odd, stunning, grisly, disturbing, raw, sexy, taut, intense, captivating.
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...
Audience Reviews for Luther: Season 1
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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