Black Mirror: Season 5 Reviews

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August 22, 2019
In the best and worst exploitation tradition, "Striking Vipers" warns you not to treat others as a game. Then it goes ahead and does exactly that.
July 29, 2019
Season 5 of Black Mirror is a more calm, focused look at the human stories of technological advancement and a thoughtful examination of our own complex relationships with each other.
July 19, 2019
The concepts are simple, and yet showrunners Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones find evermore potent ways to drive down into humanity's darker instincts.
July 3, 2019
Black Mirror's fifth season rang in a new era of confidence and dedication to exploring the world of genre when it comes to creating impactful pieces.
June 28, 2019
An anthology of this calibre can be forgiven its weaker moments and this season does enough to leave you wanting more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
June 25, 2019
The fifth season of Black Mirror isn't necessary bad -- each episode has a glimmer of something exciting -- but unfortunately that didn't quite go far enough.
June 25, 2019
Overall, this season offers relatively lighter fare for what can typically be an extremely heady, dark watch. And outside of a few pieces of tech, these stories could very much play out in the real world today.
June 25, 2019
Black Mirror still feels right - precisely because it feels so wrong.
June 20, 2019
It may not be on the level of classic Black Mirror... but it's still a fine place to look for digital-era self-reflection. Just don't expect this run of episodes to break your brain.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 14, 2019
Even with only three new episodes to watch, season 5 of Black Mirror delivers. All three episodes are worth watching - some more than once!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 13, 2019
The kind of anthology show that proved the possibilities of television 60 years ago... No one does the year 2025 like Black Mirror.
June 12, 2019
This season of Black Mirror is softer than previous entries, but this change of pace isn't wholly unwelcome. It's nice to see that Brooker isn't obsessed with making his content 'edgy for edges' sake.
June 10, 2019
Taken together, an utter treat, although real life is surely moving faster than even Black Mirror's vaulting imagination can keep pace with.
June 7, 2019
Anything that's tech and dystopian is now "a bit Black Mirror", but the latest three episodes remind you how it's the human moments that set the series apart from mere tech horrors.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 6, 2019
For a show that's built its brand on nihilistic spirals, there's something heartening in watching Black Mirror embrace the audacity of hope.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 6, 2019
The three episodes combine, however, to make for a slight and overly long viewing experience.
June 6, 2019
A shorter season of "Black Mirror" brings this show back to its roots in how it feels more immediate and plausible... these more contained fables have the eerie effect working like a true mirror to how we live and feel today.
June 5, 2019
'Black Mirror' has lost its spark as season five leans on findings of the past. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
June 5, 2019
Cyrus' casting packs "Ashley Too" with heaps of spoken and unspoken observations about the kind of environment that would create someone like her.
June 5, 2019
Season five is a mess, and nothing about it suggests that Black Mirror retains its original, unnerving insight into the ever-blurring borders between the digital and the human.
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