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Luther: Season 1 (2010)

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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 crime drama 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 Reeves as DSU Rose Teller.

Cast

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 (19) | 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…
Quickflix
Top Critic

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

October 17, 2010 | Full Review…
Denver Post
Top Critic

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…
Daily Telegraph (UK)
Top Critic

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

October 17, 2010 | Full Review…
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

When Luther meets Alice, her parents and their dog have just been killed... Their subsequent cat-and-mouse game provides an intriguing, ongoing storyline that gives Luther an edge you don't see on most cop shows.

November 30, 2015 | Full Review…
NUVO Newsweekly

Luther transcends its genre and becomes a remarkable portrait of a singular television character.

October 17, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for Luther: Season 1

EdK.

Super Reviewer

½

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.

JeffL.

Super Reviewer

JoshG.

Super Reviewer

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