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 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 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
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
Give Gillian Anderson an Emmy. That's it, that's the sentence.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 16, 2020
Diana's entry into The Crown has been anticipated since the series was first announced, and Corrin's portrayal of the Princess of Wales is delicate and assured enough to live up to the high expectations first-time viewers of the series may have.
November 16, 2020
Gillian Anderson might be the best Thatcher ever seen on screen. Hers is not so much an impersonation as an inhabitation.
November 15, 2020
The Crown is also at its best when it explores the economic and political crises throughout our country's history, which it does a lot in this series.
November 13, 2020
Diana's much-awaited appearance suggests The Crown's appeal does not necessarily lie in the trappings of monarchy so much as in the possibility of its destruction.
November 13, 2020
No longer are we gazing at expensively made period drama about barely knowable people. We are looking in the rearview mirror at people and events that galvanized the world not long ago.
November 13, 2020
10 episodes of television that may not be uniformly among the show's finest, but which are somehow its most authentic.
November 12, 2020
This new set of episodes continues to give us both the long run and the short, the epic and the specific, as it goes from strength to strength.
Top Critic
November 11, 2020
Best season yet.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 11, 2020
The Crown observes that the royals' failures can more often than not be self-inflicted -- and in doing so, the show produces its most thrilling and biting season yet.
November 11, 2020
Anderson's transformation is mesmerizing, not least the feeble, raspy voice that belies the strength and ruthlessness with which Thatcher sets about her business.
November 11, 2020
The show remains an utterly enjoyable binge, even if the latest season doesn't quite measure up to the previous ones -- a byproduct of the years and conflicts encompassed.
Top Critic
November 11, 2020
Corrin is startlingly good at capturing the princess' charismatic shimmer. Her Diana is silly and eager for attention... Yet this winsome young woman also exudes warmth, decency and fun.
November 11, 2020
Ultimately, though, what Thatcher and especially Diana do is land maternal doubts at Elizabeth's feet. It's a facet of the queen we've seldom seen even on The Crown.
November 11, 2020
The sheer audaciousness of the script continues to thrill: how could anyone know what the Queen and Princess Anne talked about, seated on a picnic blanket in the middle of nowhere?
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 11, 2020
Together, Thatcher and Diana give The Crown an energy and a sense of direction it lacked in the third season, and a feeling of verve the show has arguably never approached before.
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