Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Curt Wagner
    Jul 12, 2012
    Damages proves once again why it is one of the smartest thrillers on TV.
  2. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Jul 5, 2012
    The first episodes are very promising, full of feints, fibs, and a big, fat shock. [16 Jul 2012, p.40]
  3. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Jul 11, 2012
    Her Patty knows how to spread the hurt. Get in on Damages' final round.
  4. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Jul 10, 2012
    Some wild twists, but you've seen a variation before on one of them. Nevertheless, the Patty Hewes story is almost over, and in Close's hands, it's still compulsively watchable.
  5. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jul 11, 2012
    Damages' endgame is on, and so far it's a doozy--with a fatalistic framework suggesting not everyone emerges alive.
  6. Reviewed by: Aaron Riccio
    Jul 17, 2012
    While the show's certainly grown more tightly plotted in the last several seasons, especially after cutting the number of episodes down to 10 and reducing (often via murder) the number of secondary characters, Damages is still suffering from some seemingly needless bloat.
  7. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jul 9, 2012
    Not everything works on the show--and its principal device, providing glimpses foreshadowing what's to come, can become a bit maddening--but there's a clear focus to these first two hours auguring what could be a truly whiz-bang finish.
  8. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Jul 11, 2012
    It still drives you crazy with flashbacks, flash-forwards, fantasies and all manner of other tricks that do help define the show's ambience, but which often interrupt the story as much as they enhance it.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 33 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. Jul 12, 2012
    Damages is back! The fantastic opener has a feel of season 1 and it has brought its edginess and thrill back. Cast is amazing as usual , the writing has never been sharper and Patty and Ellen are put up against each other in a new case Whats not to love? This season will go out with a bang, you must watch it since it will be the last. Full Review »
  2. Aug 25, 2012
    Since Season one of Damages, this was a "must see" show for me. And I looked at this season with great anticipation. But after watching for five weeks, I stopped watching. Glenn Close is phoning in her performance. The guests are average at best. But I'd say the main culprit is the lethargic, boring writing. Nothing has happened. None of the usual unexpected twists and turns. The dialog is mundane. The highly anticipated conflict between Patty and Ellen is tepid. So long to a once great show. Full Review »
  3. Jul 27, 2012
    The best season to date!!! The first season was of course 'the most expensive'. The first was filmed perfectly and included a large cast. This one is not as expensive and you can see that, and only three characters receive main star billing. But unlike all the other four seasons combined these one includes more music (something rare for Damages) and every episode is a stand-alone. The first four seasons were like 13-hour thriller cut at certain places. This is different. The case is the MOST intriguing ever and Patty vs Ellen is riveting! The best show ever. If the first season played in this manner the show would have seen a different fate. But still this is the end and the first episode feels sad, and you can see how everything is ending. Shocking, riveting, mesmerizing, sharply written, amazingly acted. Again it features award-wining, high profile actors in its supporting cast. The only thing that I mind is one of the actors. That's Naomi Walling's daughter. The actress is terrible. You can see how desperately she tries to act and how bad she is. This is a very silly thing to comment but when watching a show like Damages you don't expect such a thing. They are many young actresses that can act better then Alexandra Socha! Otherwise a magnificence of a show! Full Review »