• Network: Netflix
  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 1, 2013
  • Season #: 1 , 2
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
  1. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Feb 1, 2013
    83
    The series gets off to a strong start as a black satire of not only D.C. but how politicians and journalists can leech off one another.
  2. Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Feb 1, 2013
    90
    Deeply cynical about human beings as well as politics and almost gleeful in its portrayal of limitless ambition, House of Cards is a wonderfully sour take on power and corruption.
  3. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Jan 31, 2013
    83
    It's a very promising start, at a minimum. The distribution model for House of Cards may be looking to reinvent how we watch TV, but the show itself feels very much of a piece with what we've been seeing for the last 10 or 15 years.
  4. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Jan 31, 2013
    100
    The two hours available for review are cinematically rich, full of sleek, oily pools of darkness. [11 Feb 2013]
  5. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Feb 1, 2013
    90
    A smart, astute political thriller/soap worthy of comparison to the shows that air on HBO and Showtime.
  6. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Jan 28, 2013
    90
    It's a heavyweight new contender in the drama category, just as Netflix now is as a content provider.
  7. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Feb 1, 2013
    90
    This is a fascinating experiment that feels like first-rate TV, and for subscribers old and (I'm betting quite a few) new, Cards is a great deal.
  8. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Feb 6, 2013
    100
    Watch at whatever pace you'd like--immediately. Given its quality, I think you'll be drinking it all in sooner rather than later.
  9. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Feb 1, 2013
    100
    No American-made option this weekend can compare.
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 684 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 6 out of 125
  1. Feb 1, 2013
    10
    Absolutely amazing! Loved it, from the beginning to the end of the first 2 episodes I've watched. It has the David Fincher mood in it, Kevin Spacey's constant neutrality in every bit of the show in a really cold blooded character, and the fluidity in which the story unfolds. Seriously, great show, watch it if you can, or get 1 month free on Netflix just to watch this. Best premiere I've seen in a series for a LONG time, maybe the best since Breaking Bad. Full Review »
  2. Feb 2, 2013
    10
    THE WEST WING TIMES A 100 WITH DARK HUMOR AND EXCELLENT DIALOGUE. This is a must to watch, DO NOT hesitate to see this amazing show. Spacey you are excellent, the charisma that he has with his wife and uniquely cunning portrayal of blackmailing Washington style jipper jabber. Will define the new generation of television. Full Review »
  3. Feb 6, 2013
    0
    A stillborn series that began with the embarassing, moronic scene, that can't be anything but self-parody. Spacey's sardonic asides make him look almost pathetic and self-deluded, and I don't think that was the creators' intention. Everything is so tired, boring and numbingly predictable. Full Review »