Luther: Season 4 (2015)


Season 4

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Idris Elba remains the best thing about Luther in an all-too-brief season which packs a lot of plot into a short time frame.



Critic Ratings: 14


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User Ratings: 342

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Air date: Dec 17, 2015

Season 4 begins with Luther on a leave of absence from the police force, but he soon returns to work when a cannibalistic serial killer strikes London.

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Air date: Dec 17, 2015

Luther hunts a cannibalistic killer, but he is dogged at every step by ghosts from his past. Meanwhile, Benny's hacking skills reveal a list of hundreds of potential victims, which forces Luther to put all of his ingenuity to work to figure out where the killer is headed next.

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On a leave of absence from the police force, Luther is laying low in a rundown cottage on the edge of England. But a visit from his old colleagues at the Met brings a shocking piece of news that draws him back to London in search of the truth. Meanwhile, a gruesome serial killer has struck the city, eating body parts as he goes.

Cast & Crew

Patrick Malahide
George Cornelius
Darren Boyd
DCI Theo Bloom
John Heffernan
Steven Rose
Dermot Crowley
DSU Martin Schenk
Rose Leslie
DS Emma Lane
Michael Smiley
DS Benny Silver
Laura Haddock
Megan Cantor
Mark Carey
Jimmy Segar
Tommy French
Declan Segar
Charlotte Pyke
Roberta Wise
Joanna Croll
Chloe Morley
Seline Hizli
Stacey Bell
Simone James
Mel Cornelius
Hannah Bourne
Katie Woodward
Warren Brown
Justin Ripley
Michael Obioa
Errol Minty
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Critic Reviews for Luther Season 4

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (9)

Luther, whose first season remains its best, is going on too long. Time to let the weary detective return to his cottage and ponder the waves.

Dec 21, 2015 | Full Review…

I hope that episode two slows things down. When you have a character as good as John Luther, and an actor playing him who basically is that man, it would be nice to spend a little more time in his company.

Dec 17, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The middle of everything, Idris Elba was as good as he's ever been. Despite everything that's happened to him lately -- despite Marvel and Mandela and Beasts of No Nation -- I'd argue that Luther still represents Elba at his absolute best.

Dec 17, 2015 | Full Review…

Luther: Outlaw has all the hallmarks that made the series stand out in the first place.

Dec 17, 2015 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

It's good to have you back, John. Oh, and love the suit.

Dec 17, 2015 | Full Review…

I found it rather hard to watch, at least until Elba's marvellous, monosyllabic maverick was back in control.

Dec 16, 2015 | Full Review…

There's a sense of going through the motions. It's hard to be a badass forever.

Dec 16, 2015 | Full Review…

There's still fun to be had in watching Elba occupy this role, playing a troubled detective who has the misfortune to run across a lot of bad guys prone to committing truly sadistic, gruesome crimes.

Dec 15, 2015 | Full Review…
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I didn't really mind not knowing what was going on because I was mostly just watching Elba.

Dec 30, 2015 | Full Review…

In the end, as Luther walks toward the camera, his trademark trench coat, steely gaze, and a musical cue from The Cure the only accessories he needs, Luther is successful in that is leaves the audience hungry for more.

Dec 20, 2015 | Full Review…

This new two-parter looks unlikely to reinvent the wheel, but for sheer entertainment value, there are still few drama series that can hope to match John's exploits.

Dec 18, 2015 | Full Review…

This is one overstuffed show. Previous installments have been at least a miniseries, and the truncated running time is probably a concession to Elba's schedule and success in big-budget films, but it cramps the story.

Dec 17, 2015 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Luther: Season 4

  • Sep 23, 2020
    A two-episode fourth season of 'Luther'. It's peculiarly short, reportedly due to time constraints, as such I wasn't truly able to connect to any of the events onscreen. I still enjoyed what I saw and what they give, but it does feel a tad rushed/undercooked. A decent chunk of episode one focuses on new characters as opposed to Luther himself, which didn't feel right - though by the end, it was good that we got to know the characters of Rose Leslie and Darren Boyd. Laura Haddock's role isn't the best, I didn't connect with Megan to be honest. I did enjoy Patrick Malahide as Cornelius though. Basically, in short, I rated the stuff involving Leslie and Boyd but the one about Luther and his own story wasn't that massively interesting to me. It's a season that still has its moments but is definitely hampered by the 120 minute run time, with the aforementioned premise involving Leslie and Boyd concluding kinda abruptly. Still, Idris Elba is a big enough reason to watch, he's great again. I remain excited for season five.
  • Nov 03, 2019
    7.0/10 — "Pretty Good/Engaging"
  • Oct 09, 2019
    Basically a two hour Luther movie- Everything is top notch, great acting, terrifying villain, and Luther has a price on his head!
  • Mar 19, 2019
    Its still luther but not really special. 2 episodes are hardly enough to tell a full story. Luther without Alice is simply not Luther
  • Jul 20, 2018
    3 1/2 stars My rating is for the whole show, not just season 4. I finished the last episode of Luther that is available on Netflix, and I believe anywhere. Series 4 only has TWO episodes! That is not a series. That’s just a 2 part TV movie. Anyway, for the most part I think the show is fantastic. Especially the first 2 seasons(series). Idris Elba makes for a great detective. The role feels so natural for him. I’ve always enjoyed dark detective murder mystery type shows, and this is done quite well. The show starts to fall apart a bit in season 3 with the completely useless inquest into Luthers police habits. They need to stick to what the show does best, which is Luther is being badass and facing crazy serial killers. The last 2 episodes were not that great, honestly. Worth it for Luther alone, but story-wise it was too much jammed into too little time. What goes on should have been done in at least 4, if not 6, episodes. Maybe then we would care about these people. Especially the new officers.
  • Nov 08, 2016
    Great show, great stories, great performances! Captivating, dark police drama. Only sorry the seasons are so short, but they compensate in intensity.
  • Sep 24, 2016
    Solid addition to the "Luther" series that suffers from being too short but even a little Idris Elba as John Luther goes a long way. As usual, the best thing is Elba's brilliant performance as Luther, continuing his turn as a tortured cop who does what he believes is right but knows he crosses the line more than once (at one point, he lectures his new partner, nicely played by Rose Leslie, to go by the book). The killer himself is pretty gruesome and you can understand why Luther comes out of retirement to track him down, particularly after certain events. However, this feels more like a TV movie than an addition to the series and the absence of Alice, Luther's nemesis/love of his life, is felt, though her spirit is felt throughout the episodes. Overall, probably the weakest of the seasons, though it is always great to have Luther back, even in the smallest doses.
  • Sep 23, 2016
    Darker, more raw and horrific, more moving parts that you'd think can be wrapped up in just 2 hrs. I might almost say not quite as good and a bit rushed.
  • Dec 21, 2015
    Luther is the baddest cop around...excellent show!
  • Jul 19, 2015
    until u team up with a serial killer and kick sum fucking ass dont fuck with me, because im a fucking mutherfucking badass bitches luther out

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