The Killing : Season 4

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  • Summary: The final season of the police drama finds Linden (Mireille Enos) and Holder (Joel Kinnaman) still recovering from what happened at the end of season three as they begin investigating the murder of family connected to a military academy.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Suspense

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Josh Modell
    Aug 1, 2014
    91
    It took a circuitous route, with two cancellations and a move to Netflix, but it sticks the landing with this affecting, impressive final season.
  2. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Aug 1, 2014
    80
    It has woven well-crafted murder dramas and, beyond that, given us wonderfully complex lead characters who go way beyond the light banter, gruff exterior and “will they/won’t they” tease of most TV cop teams.
  3. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Aug 6, 2014
    67
    The Killing still has some pulling power, even if the initial thrill of Season 1 is long since gone.
  4. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Aug 15, 2014
    42
    Season 4 was a mess well before it got to the parts designed to wrap up the series for good.
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jul 28, 2014
    40
    Despite flashes of what initially made the Danish adaptation so intriguing, this stretch drive can’t escape the feeling of a show ready to be put out of its misery.
  6. Reviewed by: Sarah Huggins
    Aug 1, 2014
    40
    The Season 4 struggle starts somewhat intriguing, but gets repetitive quick.
  7. 40
    The show's not horrible, like the seemingly indestructible Walking Dead, but I wish it had amounted to more.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 3 out of 16
  1. Aug 4, 2014
    10
    Please ignore the critics' reviews. After reading some of them, Netflix apparently only released the first four episodes for early-screeningPlease ignore the critics' reviews. After reading some of them, Netflix apparently only released the first four episodes for early-screening which most, if not all, of the early reviews are based on just those first four episodes. I could see why if you only had access to those episodes it might be disappointing.

    However, the concluding last 2 episodes of season 4 were absolutely fantastic and the show could not have ended on a better note. I thought the pacing was good, it was wonderfully acted, and the story-line was much tighter due to having only 6 episodes.
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  2. Aug 10, 2014
    10
    Season 4 was absolutely amazing from beginning to end. I was in shock at how incredible the ending was. 2 amazing characters, brilliantSeason 4 was absolutely amazing from beginning to end. I was in shock at how incredible the ending was. 2 amazing characters, brilliant ending, I will be praying there will be another season. Expand
  3. Aug 2, 2014
    10
    Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman return for a fourth and final season, and their work in these 6 episodes is undoubtedly their best yet. TheMireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman return for a fourth and final season, and their work in these 6 episodes is undoubtedly their best yet. The supporting cast, Joan Allen and Tyler Ross churn out fine performances as well. As a season, separate from the rest of the series--Season 4 is a solid mystery-drama. As a conclusion to the series as a whole--it's astounding. Expand
  4. Aug 10, 2014
    8
    Great and decent ending! Well done folks. The show may have been a little slow at some points, Linden may have been to much whining at someGreat and decent ending! Well done folks. The show may have been a little slow at some points, Linden may have been to much whining at some points, but the ending was good and the showrunners decent enough to give the character at the end some silver lining. Expand
  5. Aug 24, 2014
    7
    After the third season, i thought netflix was going to make it even better, but the end was very disappointing, i don't know if my hopes wereAfter the third season, i thought netflix was going to make it even better, but the end was very disappointing, i don't know if my hopes were too high, or if it really was a band ending Expand
  6. Dec 5, 2014
    6
    The first season was very exciting and exhilarating and it retains the same menacing macabre undertones here. Excellent performances by theThe first season was very exciting and exhilarating and it retains the same menacing macabre undertones here. Excellent performances by the lead two. Also Gregg Henry was very good but didn't get enough screen time. The Killing has evolved into half a great show half frustration. The cinematography is the high point and the attention to set and location detail is excellent. The lead actors personalities are explored in more detail this season which was well done if a bit miserable. The plot here also felt a bit forced and wasn't very satisfying. The writers seem to lost interest since season 1. A 6 episode final season seems about right. Expand
  7. Aug 11, 2014
    0
    I thought it was as so-so as the previous season. The final episode poorly wraps up a once promising story line in a disappointing way and theI thought it was as so-so as the previous season. The final episode poorly wraps up a once promising story line in a disappointing way and the series itself ends on a rather disappointing low note. Shame to see a great premise get wasted on something so poorly executed. Expand

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