Luther: Season 5 Reviews

December 10, 2019
Tautly paced, intriguing, and full of even more personal stakes, the season ends tragically and beautifully in its own way.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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
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.
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 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
February 8, 2019
Almost eight years on, Luther remains a terrific series, one of intensity that still brings special moments of visual and theatrical virtuosity.
January 9, 2019
It continues to amaze me that a show can be so duff in so many ways -- fundamentally nonsensical, a plot entirely reliant on Luther having convenient sudden feelings about things... and yet it doesn't matter one bit, because it's so entertaining.
January 4, 2019
Luther is always electrifying when Alice is around.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 3, 2019
Ridiculous but strangely compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 2, 2019
Luther was gritty and fresh in 2010. Now it feels flogged out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 2, 2019
It veered dangerously close to torture porn at times, with lingering shots of stab wounds and severed extremities.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 2, 2019
Luther only makes it to air every few years, often doing so without Alice, an enormous part of the show's dynamism. What a relief, then, to see her return in the new series