Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4
Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Dec 26, 2017
    100
    Each episode is a gem but — since you asked — my favorite is "USS Callister," which borders on genius.
  2. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Dec 18, 2017
    100
    A true heir to Serling’s vision of reality taking a sharp detour into the unknown.
  3. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Dec 12, 2017
    100
    Season four of Black Mirror, dropping all six of its episodes on Dec. 29, absolutely continues the brilliance so evident in the previous three (all-too-short) seasons.
  4. Reviewed by: Rob Lowman
    Dec 8, 2017
    100
    Stephen King described Black Mirror as “terrifying, funny, intelligent. It’s like the ‘Twilight Zone,’ only rated R.” That’s actually giving it short shrift. ... What makes the series special is how there is always one more twist that you didn’t expect in the same way there is always some implication--usually for ill--in a new invention that we didn’t think of. This new season will only add to the acclaim.
  5. Reviewed by: Liz Shannon Miller
    Dec 8, 2017
    91
    There are at least two episodes, “Arkangel” and “Crocodile,” which are very much identifiable as classic “Black Mirror” tales. But fortunately, creator Charlie Brooker has taken some big swings with other installments, and the result is proof that “Black Mirror,” as a series, has plenty of mileage left in it.
  6. TV Guide Magazine
    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Dec 21, 2017
    90
    A fourth mind-blowing season of thrills and chills. [25 Dec 2017 - 7 Jan 2018, p.14]
  7. Reviewed by: Edward Love
    Dec 11, 2017
    90
    Black Mirror is a treat for TV and a show that Netflix should pin to its front page with pride. It’s one of those dramas that you finish watching and head to your desk, determined to pen something half as good, or sit back and think: “Good lord, that’s clever.”
  8. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    Mar 30, 2018
    80
    When the moral arguments of Black Mirror grow strident, and overbearing klaxons ring about corporate surveillance states, an episode can weigh like a ponderous cyberpunk parable, and the effect is off-putting. Still, the series’s lively futurist premises and tight production design combine to supply shocks of recognition.
  9. Reviewed by: Emma Stefansky
    Jan 17, 2018
    80
    So when Black Mirror began, we soon figured out the show’s main twist: there would be no happy endings. But four seasons in, the new twist is that this is not always the case. And occasionally, it’s nice not to be reminded how easy it would be to destroy ourselves.
  10. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Jan 2, 2018
    80
    It’s significantly better across the board [than season 3]. Brooker and company have a firmer handle on the proper architecture for each story (only one, “Crocodile,” really drags), and if the show is starting to repeat itself a bit (the last episode of this batch, “Black Museum,” is basically Black Mirror’s Greatest Hits), the execution tends to compensate for the spottiness or familiarity of the ideas.
  11. Reviewed by: Darren Franich
    Dec 8, 2017
    80
    I don’t think any of the new six measure up to the show’s early heights, but this is a strong batch of science fiction concepts, proof that Brooker has tapped an essential vein of modern living.
  12. Reviewed by: Michael Haigis
    Jan 2, 2018
    75
    Interesting hypotheticals and shocking plot twists abound, but more than ever, those signatures are in service a broad argument.
  13. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Dec 28, 2017
    75
    More of a mixed bag than usual, with two or three standouts and the rest conceptually interesting but rather ho-hum affairs.
  14. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Jan 2, 2018
    70
    The three best Mirrors are “ArkAngel,” “Hang the DJ,” and “Metalhead.”
  15. Reviewed by: Aja Romano
    Dec 26, 2017
    70
    Black Mirror is most effective when it attempts to map old human behavior onto new technologies. It’s much less effective when it tries to map new technologies onto old stories.
  16. Reviewed by: Dave Nemetz
    Jan 2, 2018
    67
    Overall, Season 4 is a truly mixed bag, evenly split between gems and duds.
  17. Reviewed by: Kelly Lawler
    Dec 14, 2017
    63
    Black Mirror is decidedly mixed, managing occasionally to find brilliance but most often dwelling in the mediocre.
  18. Reviewed by: Maria Sciullo
    Jan 4, 2018
    60
    Season 4 is uneven. Three stories--“USS Callister,” “Black Museum” and “Hang the DJ”--are far superior to the others. There is much more graphic sex (albeit hilariously depicted in “DJ”) and violence than in past seasons.
  19. Reviewed by: Isaac Feldberg
    Jan 2, 2018
    60
    Judging from the season’s scattershot execution, Brooker fares better charting new directions than he does falling into old habits.
  20. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Jan 2, 2018
    60
    There is, as ever, lots to chew over and choke on in the new episodes. But the show is less incisive than it was. ... As provocative and to the point as Black Mirror’s speculative technology is, it keeps the new episodes from exploring more flawed developments that might make for more interesting episodes.
  21. Reviewed by: Chris Barton
    Dec 28, 2017
    60
    With rotating casts and directors, anthology series are uneven by nature, and this season feels more so as Black Mirror occasionally struggles to capture the sense of surprise that was long its greatest strength.
  22. Reviewed by: Daniel D'Addario
    Dec 28, 2017
    60
    "U.S.S. Callister" feels ambitious and boundless, a rarity for the series. On a season in which Black Mirror drifts yet further away from many viewers’ real sense of dystopia, this dispatch from deep space will remind you of science fiction’s power to cut to the very heart of modern concerns.
  23. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    Dec 21, 2017
    60
    Too often, this season skews too heavily toward bleakness, is weak on character development, and strains so hard to shock that it ultimately frustrates more than transfixes. All six episodes, directed by filmmakers ranging from Jodie Foster to David Slade, are elevated by strong performances and incredibly detailed production design that makes the settings feel credible, even when the characters in those settings engage in behavior that isn’t.
  24. Reviewed by: Sophie Gilbert
    Dec 28, 2017
    50
    In execution, the fourth series is remarkably patchy ... As a body of work it’s more interesting than satisfying, although "USS Callister," the standout episode, is spectacular, while "Hang the DJ" has the kind of winning optimism that made Season 3’s Emmy-winning "San Junipero" such a hit.
  25. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Dec 28, 2017
    40
    This is, as a whole, the least satisfying season of "Black Mirror" so far. Unlike last season, which had at least two notable peaks ("Nosedive" and "San Junipero"), season four has only one real high, and it’s somewhat telling that it’s the episode that feels the least like a chapter of "Black Mirror."
  26. Reviewed by: Sonia Saraiya
    Dec 26, 2017
    40
    Blatancy is even worse a problem in this season of "Black Mirror" than in seasons past. The beautiful productions and performances serve to mask the fact that the stories’ twists are often cheap shots.
  27. Reviewed by: Aubrey Page
    Dec 6, 2017
    40
    The allure of Black Mirror has always been his incisive sensibility, riddled with the same anxiety and fear of surveillance as the viewers who love it. But if this new batch of episodes are any indication, the series is merely treading water, as Brooker’s paranoid approach to an imagined future begins to lose its sense of nuance.
User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 227 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 37 out of 227
  1. Dec 30, 2017
    6
    Barely passable, this season was nice to look at, but it seems (especially the last episode) as if they've run out of ideas. The sharedBarely passable, this season was nice to look at, but it seems (especially the last episode) as if they've run out of ideas. The shared universe is "interesting", but only if i'm kept interested in the individual stories/characters. It's got to be extremely difficult to repeat the excellence of the first three seasons. Even when some of the episodes were "off" in seasons past Brooker still found a way to kick us in the pants with at least some which were astounding, none of the eps this year qualify. Full Review »
  2. Jan 1, 2018
    3
    The Star Trek parody USS Callister is really good, but sadly it is the exception this season. Unfortunately the technological premise is tooThe Star Trek parody USS Callister is really good, but sadly it is the exception this season. Unfortunately the technological premise is too far fetched in several episodes. In the past Black Mirror was cool because the technologies seemed kind of feasible, but now we have machines that can read memories, even in guinea pigs apparently. Just silly. Black Museum , the last episode goes completely off the rails and is just stupid. Well, we had a good run, but looks like Black Mirror has now jumped the shark. Full Review »
  3. Dec 31, 2017
    4
    The fourth season didn’t have much consistency.
    Too many reused ideas.
    The only episode that surprised me was "USS Callister” By far the
    The fourth season didn’t have much consistency.
    Too many reused ideas.
    The only episode that surprised me was "USS Callister”
    By far the weakest season of all.
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