Luther: Season 5 Reviews

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June 19, 2019
Luther is at its worst, and at its best, when it is overbearing in its pessimism. The series puts its characters through the meat grinder...by design, Luther bums the viewer out.
June 19, 2019
Two of the hottest stars on cable TV are back together: Idris Elba and Ruth Wilson as his ex-girlfriend Alice. But wasn't she presumed dead? So we thought, but now she's back, bad as ever!
June 17, 2019
It's been four years since the two-episode fourth season of Luther, and nine years since Ruth Wilson's Alice Morgan got a full-fledged arc in a Luther season, which may be why season five is the best Luther season since at least the second.
June 11, 2019
Nailed It!
June 6, 2019
"Luther" is so well-done that even moments that suspend belief come across as stylish and disturbing.
June 4, 2019
Elba has referred to "Luther" as his James Bond. If there is another chapter, the franchise needs a reboot.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
June 3, 2019
In its fifth season, the series does little more for viewers than leave them numb.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
June 3, 2019
The fifth season -- for perhaps the first time -- feels as if it's gone back to this well once too often.
June 3, 2019
This new season maintains a consistent tension throughout its run and even when the creeps are familiar, series creator Neil Cross frosts them with a layer of sinister that feels impossible to duplicate or, if not that, at least would be tough to attempt.
June 3, 2019
It also reunites Elba with Wilson, affording the title character a key relationship that, oddly, works as a necessary leavening agent to a show that can sometimes feel dismally bleak.
June 3, 2019
This Luther feels a bit more back-to-basics, if still winkingly aware of its excesses.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 3, 2019
The show lives off the tension between Cross's grand-guignol theatrics and Elba's immensely world-weary, endearing performance as Luther.
May 30, 2019
Once you get the feel again for the rhythm, logic and, yes, even poetry of this series, you are reminded what an edgy, mad, dark, dramatic ride it can be.
May 29, 2019
This mixed bag go-around is more substantial than the short, fourth season that aired all in one night in 2015.
March 8, 2019
You've got to love Luther: He must be the only TV cop left who doesn't know what paraphilia means.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 7, 2019
Make no mistake, Idris Elba is once again on fire as the hardened detective, the intensity he brings to the screen commands the audience's attention.
March 7, 2019
Luther stuck the landing this time. Let's leave it alone now.
March 7, 2019
We are all relieved. It's all fun and games being a maverick until someone loses a head.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 28, 2019
After a four-year gap, it's worth viewing.
February 13, 2019
Five seasons in, it is, as Halliday calls it, a "psycho-sexual jamboree", but we're still jumping in our seats.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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