Black Mirror: Season 5 Episode 3 - TV Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Black Mirror: Season 5 Episode 3 Reviews

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Huw Saunders
Cultured Vultures
August 22, 2019

A straightforward tale of good and evil, buoyed by the speculative technology and some excellent performances.

Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
Tessa Smith
Mama's Geeky
June 14, 2019

By far my favorite episode of the season - and quite possibly of the entire series. Miley Cyrus delivers an amazing performance that seems to hit close to home for her.

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

It's a fun and mildly exciting turn of events, but it feels far removed from Black Mirror. That's not a criticism.

Saloni Gajjar
Mashable
June 12, 2019

While "Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too" does present fascinating central players and an unpredictable storyline, it barely scratches the surface of its own ideas.

Martin Carr
Flickering Myth
June 12, 2019

...Brooker is savvy enough to remain even handed within the narrative presenting both sides of the coin.

Matt Miller
Esquire Magazine
June 12, 2019

What's amazing is the eery and sometimes hilarious meta references to Cyrus' real life. Her character and the real Ashley are differentiated by only a metallic wig, as you might remember from Hannah Montana.

Alex Leininger
PopMatters
June 12, 2019

Rice, Davenport, and Cyrus - two promising young talents and one of the world's biggest stars - are too talented for the middling roles they've been subjected to here.

Julianne Escobedo Shepherd
The Muse/Jezebel
June 12, 2019

It's a good lesson, as the smiling vagaries of empowerment feminism begin to fall away for a more urgent application of practical activism.

Chelsea Steiner
The Mary Sue
June 12, 2019

Paired with a late in the game rescue mission and an unsatisfying ending, "Rachel, Jack, and Ashley Too" has nothing interesting or profound to say about pop music, girlhood, or technology.

Tim Brinkhof
Observer
Top Critic
June 11, 2019

Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too, may tell its story through a slightly different voice, but the story it imparts undoubtedly belongs in the cruel world of Black Mirror, and represents the best of Brooker's talent as a writer.

Hannah Chambers
Cosmopolitan
June 11, 2019

It's hilarious, heartbreaking, and downright nuts, and it'll make you rethink everything you think you've ever thought about fame.

Suzette Smith
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
June 10, 2019

"Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too" is almost perfectly aimed at me as an audience.

Adi Robertson
The Verge
June 7, 2019

After a promising start, its story becomes simultaneously overstuffed and underdeveloped.

Troy Patterson
New Yorker
Top Critic
June 6, 2019

"Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too," starring Miley Cyrus, tinkers with the tropes of tween tales, talking back to the genre on its own terms.

Beth Elderkin
io9.com
June 6, 2019

The problem here is that "Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too" falls into the familiar trope of mocking teenage girls for their wants and needs, without examining what they are and why they exist in the first place.

Spencer Kornhaber
The Atlantic
Top Critic
June 6, 2019

The show's take on the genre is also oddly stale, relying on a textbook dichotomy between "pop" and "rock."

Charles Bramesco
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic
June 6, 2019

A dethroned chart princess filling the cultural vacuum left by Nine Inch Nails sounds like a far richer speculative premise than "What if the Tupac hologram concealed a festering hotbed of corruption and predation?"

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Haleigh Foutch
Collider
June 6, 2019

It's oddly fun and flighty, and like the rest of Season 5's offerings, it seems to let the audience off easy.

Jim Vorel
Paste Magazine
June 6, 2019

Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too feels more like it was built specifically as a star vehicle for Miley Cyrus than as a tool for the kind discussion on complicated morality you find in better episodes of Black Mirror.

Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Jennifer Bisset
CNET
June 6, 2019

Some of that tech is recycled from previous episodes, but here it's used to enhance and explore the world of music: idols who can talk back and be best friends with fans, hologram concerts, new music making methods.

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