Season #: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9

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  1. Reviewed by: Carol Midgley
    Jan 7, 2020
    80
    Luther can sometimes feel like a race towards ever more warped violence. And it can get very, very silly. But rejoice! ... Luther is always electrifying when Alice is around. If it took Wilson leaving The Affair to come back, then I'm all for it.
  2. Reviewed by: Melanie McFarland
    Jun 3, 2019
    80
    This new season maintains a consistent tension throughout its run and even when the creeps are familiar, series creator Neil Cross frosts them with a layer of sinister that feels impossible to duplicate or, if not that, at least would be tough to attempt.
  3. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Jun 3, 2019
    80
    This season, the fifth, is a typically tidy four episodes — short arcs being advisable when you routinely suspend all the laws of logic, psychology and police procedure. Neil Cross, who created the show and still writes it, has a gift for packaging the lurid and the preposterous into hypnotizing psychodrama that moves fast enough to keep you from thinking too hard.
  4. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jun 3, 2019
    67
    The new season, written by series creator Neil Cross, has multiple callbacks to season one (the denouement brings things full circle) and fills in the blanks on where Alice has been and on her relationship with Luther, perhaps with too much information at times (allusion and mystery works better for their relationship than flat-out explanation).
  5. Reviewed by: Lucy Mangan
    Dec 4, 2019
    60
    It allows the mind to roam across many questions while the story unspools efficiently before you, asking little in the way of mental or emotional investment and giving much in the way of solidly old-fashioned whodunnitry. Pairs well with apple crumble and custard or large slabs of Dairy Milk.
  6. TV Guide Magazine
    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    May 23, 2019
    60
    Alice's vendetta against an equally lethal gangster keeps distracting poor Luther from a lurid case involving a fetishistic serial killer. It's all a bit much, but if it weren't, it wouldn't be Luther. [27 May - 9 Jun 2019, p.12]
  7. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Jun 3, 2019
    58
    Unfortunately, it’s the law of diminishing returns.
  8. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    May 31, 2019
    50
    The enthusiasm for the latest four-episode run -- which again features Ruth Wilson's implacable killer, Alice Morgan -- dissipates amid a subplot involving another psychosexual serial killer, feeling more tired than usual.
  9. Reviewed by: Steven Scaife
    Jun 4, 2019
    25
    The show’s concept has long revolved around how everything Luther has been through has left him haunted, but now, in the fifth season, it does little more for viewers than leave them numb.

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