Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Sep 28, 2011
    The series commands our attention because of how it was conceived by Neil Cross, who continues to write masterful scripts.
  2. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Sep 28, 2011
    Series creator/writer Neil Cross continues to spin dark strands that stray unexpectedly into unsettling territory.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 86 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Oct 1, 2011
    An excellent start to the second season. I loved the first. Idris Elba truly stretches his acting legs after playing it very minimal in The Wire. I love seeing what he does with his now-damaged psyche, and how he reacts to his colleagues, criminals, and his former nemesis. Full Review »
  2. Dec 2, 2011
    The first season was fantastic ... but this one has one missing ingredient. Sadly, the creators of this series have banished Alice Morgan to only a few minutes total. She was the special sauce that made season 1 so incredible. What were the writers smoking when they adopted the strategy of sidelining her? Hopefully they will sober up by the third season. Bring her back! Full Review »
  3. Oct 7, 2011
    While the first season of Luther concentrated too much on being a continuous story the second settles with the dark, disturbing tone it was always made to flaunt. Idris Elba has finally found his grove with episodes from the 1st season (especially the pilot) being particularly sketchy. That being said, Elba is a commanding presence in this season and the introduction of Aimee Ffion-Edwards' Jenny seems to bring the best out of Elba and Luther with them having a great chemistry. The wrapping up of the loose ends left by the end of the 1st season only bring about more problems for Luther but instead of him feeling like an anchor on the story like last season, he is entertaining and captivating as he tries to find a way out of them. The return of Ruth Wilson's Alice helps set up the arc of the season perfectly, its just a shame she isn't in every episode as she is engrossing as the uber-intelligent and manic killer that she is. Overall there are very few problems with the second season as Neil Cross seems to have looked at what didn't work about the 1st and adjusted his perspective. Its still the same dark and twisted tale of morality but seems to have become a lot more fun while twice as disturbing. If there was a problem it would probably be the addition of the character of Erin Gray who just seems to be a different take on Saskia Reeves character from the 1st season just without as much of a presence. Overall its damn near perfect television which will stay with you hours after you watch it, if not only because you won't be able to sleep. My advice, watch it in the morning, Full Review »