Orange Is the New Black: Season 5 Reviews

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August 14, 2019
Prison overcrowding and abuse as a result of unscrupulous profit exposes the dehumanization of inmates at all levels. [Full Review in Spanish]
July 30, 2019
[Orange Is the New Black's] compassion and the super-committed cast still have you rooting for its well-loved characters.
July 9, 2019
Orange Is The New Black could have done it so well had it really tried.
June 25, 2019
One of the most powerful things that this season of "Orange is the New Black" accomplishes is its depiction of mentally ill women as complete people who are just as capable of growth, change, kindness and compassion as anyone else.
May 28, 2019
Season five tries too hard to do too little, and the result is frustratingly dull.
May 28, 2019
A series that's always thrived on its ensemble nature unfortunately becomes muddled and confusing as it tries to keep the multitude of loose ends from fraying entirely.
November 2, 2018
Orange is the New Black wisely sees the need to reinvent itself. However, its a case of three steps forward, one step back.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 14, 2018
Virtually none of the risks taken this season truly paid off and we're left wondering if the show is better or worse off heading into its sixth season.
January 31, 2018
Orange Is The New Black is like an infinite paper fortune teller, always unfolding to reveal surprising points of view, never letting assumptions rest for long. For that, it's always been well worth watching.
September 26, 2017
The latest season of Orange forces us to ask ourselves if we're still the country of Oprah-as-mentored-by-Maya-Angelou.
September 19, 2017
The performances are weaker than ever before.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 7, 2017
OITNB has already earned its place as one of the most important shows of all time, and even a lesser season of the series still feels like a significant piece of work.
August 29, 2017
It's smart on the part of the inmates that demand No. 1 is: "Replace all current guards with properly trained ones."
Full Review | Original Score: B
August 28, 2017
Four years in, it's still productively re-examining its own premises.
August 15, 2017
The pacing is Rectify-level slow, pairing awkwardly with the 24-style tension of the riot's end.
August 14, 2017
Like a stunned new inmate gradually becoming a seasoned hard chaw, the viewer gets to know a vast gallery of characters.
June 28, 2017
Where the show hit hardest was, fortunately, with the storyline it absolutely needed to: Taystee's fight to bring change to the prison and get justice for Poussey.
June 27, 2017
Part of the problem with this season is not the restricted timescale itself, but the nature of the three-day event being covered and the way it is approached over the thirteen hours.
June 20, 2017
There are sporadic moments in season five that reminded me how good Orange Is the New Black can be - mostly those including Danielle Brooks's Taystee and Selenis Leyva's Gloria - but for the most part, it's a total... mess.
June 15, 2017
Orange Is the New Black is still a rich and varied symphony of textures and tones.
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