The Crown: Season 4 Reviews

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November 24, 2020
There was an egregious lack of Porchey this season. Truly unforgivable.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
November 23, 2020
It's better than the last, which got bogged down a little in dead times. But there is, with modern times, the temptation to take sides; and there's little doubt where creator Peter Morgan has nailed his colours.
November 23, 2020
Emma Corrin, as the princess, perfectly captured Diana's youthful spirit and slowly crumbling optimism. Gillian Anderson made a not terribly convincing Mrs Thatcher, far too mannered, even for made-over Maggie, but otherwise everyone was on their game.
November 23, 2020
It's a triumph, this season, mostly because the Diana we've all been waiting for is a triumph. She is played by Emma Corrin, who is sensational.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 23, 2020
It more than delivers on its consistency but my one major bug bear this time around is the humanisation of a woman who could have given Saddam Hussein a run for his money.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 21, 2020
Honest and unhampered by affectation, Colman, the most humble of stars, shows us how little Elizabeth knows and how much she needs to know in her changing world.
November 20, 2020
Once more, the second episode of the fourth season returns The Crown to what makes this soap opera so delectable: It's a royal family trapped in archaic rituals cowering in palaces in the hopes of continued survival.
November 20, 2020
The real-life melodrama about Great Britain's royal family was already the most addictive show on TV... but now it's way better.
November 20, 2020
The Crown is shrewd enough to start the new series with Charles and Di, but the Prince of Wales needs a crash course in pomposity.
November 20, 2020
Diana's arrival gives The Crown a chance to recapture the magic of spectacle. Few series evoke a sense of awe and wonder quite like Morgan's Royal Family fantasies.
November 19, 2020
Emma Corrin is superb as Diana, always believable in her journey from naive teenager thrown in at the deep end to driven yet lonely powerhouse. (Though I'm now over allegorical stags being stalked at Balmoral.)
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 18, 2020
Emma Corrin captures the shyness of Diana's public face, and it is hard not to empathise as she is left to wallow alone for weeks on end.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 18, 2020
The Crown takes addictive soap opera drama and elevates it to grand, cinematic heights with picturesque locations, opulent sets, well-researched costumes, and a moving score.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
November 18, 2020
The more Gillian Anderson pops into the narrative, the more obvious she's crafted this role into the finest of an already lauded career.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 17, 2020
Series four of The Crown ranks as the most entertaining yet because of the depth of its engagement with the times in which it's set.
November 17, 2020
I don't know how much literal truth there is in the story The Crown is telling about the royals... But the season's insights into our emotions and familial volatility, and its ways of articulating it in such reflective ways, need no added research.
November 17, 2020
These Charles/Di go-rounds may indeed butter "The Crown's" bread, but the real news this time is Gillian Anderson's devastatingly precise portrayal of Margaret Thatcher.
November 17, 2020
While I have no doubt Imelda Staunton will be terrific in the final seasons, The Crown has a way of making you regret the inevitable march of time.
November 17, 2020
It's a credit to newcomer Corrin and partner-in-despair Josh O'Connor - a needy, narcissistic and thoroughly unsympathetic Charles - that their relationship does more than simply rake over old ground.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 17, 2020
Give Gillian Anderson an Emmy. That's it, that's the sentence.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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