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Black Mirror: Season 5 Episode 2 Reviews

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Huw Saunders
Cultured Vultures
August 22, 2019

Probably the best of this season's crop, and it does it all without any unlikely fictional technology.

Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
Tessa Smith
Mama's Geeky
June 14, 2019

Slow to start, but once Topher Grace enters this episode you will be on the edge of your seat. Once again Black Mirror hits home with technology today.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Hunter
Film School Rejects
June 12, 2019

The criticism and condemnation may be familiar, but it's freshened up in the form of a thrilling and occasionally heart-breaking hostage drama.

Alex Leininger
PopMatters
June 12, 2019

This swing-and-a-miss approach continues into the next two episodes, sadly...

Robert Ham
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
June 10, 2019

What keeps it together is a seriously committed and devastating performance from Scott and the little truth bombs and sly jokes that Brooker sneaks into every corner of the hour.

Haleigh Foutch
Collider
June 6, 2019

It's the strongest entry in the new season, and every performer is fantastic, but the 70-minute runtime does the thin plot no favors, especially when the thematic undercurrent hinges on something far too simple to justify it.

Jennifer Bisset
CNET
June 6, 2019

Smithereens is a personal look at the side effects of staring at your phone all day. Scott's cabbie on the verge of an emotional breakdown makes equally addictive viewing.

Chancellor Agard
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic
June 5, 2019

Black Mirror usually makes insightful and interesting points about technology and culture as a whole, but this just felt lazy, disappointing, and removed from how we actually talk and feel about popular music today.

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Luria Freeman
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic
June 5, 2019

While equal parts thrilling and heart wrenching, my biggest takeaway from this episode is that I'm completely validated in lying to talkative Uber drivers.

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Zack Handlen
AV Club
Top Critic
June 5, 2019

It's funny in a grim way, sort of Coen-light, and the time it takes for everything to unfold means there's a low level of suspense that gradually increases in intensity throughout.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Charles Bramesco
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic
June 5, 2019

As an hourlong standoff (though it's actually a very long 70 minutes), the episode functions well enough, but whatever augmentation it gets from the sci-fi angle falls away with a finale that feels several system updates old.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Louisa Mellor
Den of Geek
June 5, 2019

A charismatic cast aside, in the context of this extraordinary series, Smithereens is a long seventy minutes that draws a callow conclusion.

Jim Vorel
Paste Magazine
June 5, 2019

It makes for an uneven entry in Black Mirror's fifth season, but it's still no less of a head-turning performance by Andrew Scott.

Full Review | Original Score: 7.8/10
Kevin Yeoman
ScreenRant
June 5, 2019

In the end, the hour hews too close to the agenda of too many other episodes of Black Mirror, leaving audiences with a somewhat simplistic morality tale that undercuts Scott's performance.

Aja Romano
Vox
June 5, 2019

It ultimately feels like a sophomoric, slippery slope argument, with little nuance beyond "social media is bad," unlikely to edify anyone who's been following news of the tech world lately.

Dave Nemetz
TV Line
June 5, 2019

It's a gripping, old-fashioned thriller with shades of Taxi Driver that doubles as a vicious commentary on our crippling tech addiction, with sharp bursts of dark humor throughout.

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Tim Surette
TV Guide
June 5, 2019

It's too bad that wasn't what the episode was ultimately about. Though "Smithereens" finishes weakly, the road there is pretty good, but unlike road trip clichés, Black Mirror is more about the destination than the journey.

Benji Wilson
Daily Telegraph (UK)
June 5, 2019

Scott, superb here, can deliver all of that with just a look. It's his astonishing control and range that elevated a too-tidy plot into something much messier and more profound.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ed Cumming
Independent (UK)
June 5, 2019

By Black Mirror's standards it feels like a thin premise, and doesn't build enough to justify a 70-minute running time.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ben Travers
indieWire
Top Critic
June 5, 2019

Much of the "Smithereens'" success can be attributed to Andrew Scott's committed, textured performance.

Full Review | Original Score: B
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