Season #: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
Metascore
83

Universal acclaim - based on 4 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Sarah Hughes
    May 16, 2020
    90
    Yes, there are times when Mercurio seems to want to be David Simon just a little too much – I'm going to put the line about "coming at the king" down to Lennie James' Tony Gates being a massive Omar fan in his secret inner life – but this first episode was taut, tightly scripted and well acted all round.
  2. Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    May 16, 2020
    90
    It’s a little like “The Shield,” the FX show that starred Michael Chiklis as a corrupt cop, but it’s a lot more like “Spiral,” the sleek French crime series on Netflix that has a cult following in Britain and the United States. So basically, “Line of Duty” is the opposite of “Downton Abbey,” except in certain elemental ways: an excellent cast, skillful writing and a knack for making an exotic, unfamiliar world seem like the viewer’s second home.
  3. Reviewed by: Sonia Saraiya
    May 16, 2020
    80
    Line Of Duty makes an excellent effort at modern British life. It does fall short in places, but I give it a lot of credit for trying.
  4. Reviewed by: Ceri Radford
    May 16, 2020
    60
    I want to see what happens next to DC Gates. Lennie James brilliantly captured the odious ambiguity of his character: a man who is part hero, part the sort of person who looks at a crime scene littered with dismembered body parts and concludes “it’s big, it’s sexy, and that makes it mine”.

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