Black Mirror: Season 5 (2019)

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Season 5
Black Mirror

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Though Black Mirror's abbreviated fifth season never quite reaches the heights (or surprises) of previous installments, it remains one of TVs strangest philosophical offerings -- for better or worse.

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Critic Ratings: 39

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User Ratings: 265

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Air date: Jun 5, 2019
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Critic Reviews for Black Mirror Season 5

All Critics (39) | Top Critics (9)

Watching Black Mirror's three brand-new installments on Netflix makes it clear that the series, in our current TV universe, claims and holds the fantasy anthology series crown.

Jun 5, 2019 | Full Review…
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The concepts are simple, and yet showrunners Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones find evermore potent ways to drive down into humanity's darker instincts.

Jul 19, 2019 | Full Review…

The present day-with-a-twist anthology series works best when it avoids easy moralising and keeps us in a spin.

Jun 26, 2020 | Full Review…

'Black Mirror' has lost its spark as season five leans on findings of the past. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jun 5, 2019 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

In the best and worst exploitation tradition, "Striking Vipers" warns you not to treat others as a game. Then it goes ahead and does exactly that.

Aug 22, 2019 | Full Review…

Season 5 of Black Mirror is a more calm, focused look at the human stories of technological advancement and a thoughtful examination of our own complex relationships with each other.

Jul 29, 2019 | Full Review…

Black Mirror's fifth season rang in a new era of confidence and dedication to exploring the world of genre when it comes to creating impactful pieces.

Jul 3, 2019 | Full Review…

An anthology of this calibre can be forgiven its weaker moments and this season does enough to leave you wanting more.

Jun 27, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The fifth season of Black Mirror isn't necessary bad -- each episode has a glimmer of something exciting -- but unfortunately that didn't quite go far enough.

Jun 25, 2019 | Full Review…

Overall, this season offers relatively lighter fare for what can typically be an extremely heady, dark watch. And outside of a few pieces of tech, these stories could very much play out in the real world today.

Jun 25, 2019 | Full Review…

Black Mirror still feels right - precisely because it feels so wrong.

Jun 25, 2019 | Full Review…

It may not be on the level of classic Black Mirror... but it's still a fine place to look for digital-era self-reflection. Just don't expect this run of episodes to break your brain.

Jun 20, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Black Mirror: Season 5

  • Jul 17, 2020
    I reviewed this before but it was suspiciously deleted. The performances by Nikki Beharie were brilliant. The series is brilliantly casted but I don't have time to rewrite what I posted. Maybe I'll have time. Don't trust the low rating of this season. RT used to be so much more reliable. They seem to be influenced by corporate interests now
  • Jul 15, 2020
    Black Mirror Season 5 | Detailed note: 5.5
  • Jun 30, 2020
    Very bad season, I was so disapointed, I think the serie was way better in England
  • Jun 16, 2020
    3 and a half Stars for the first two episodes. Both were quite good and Smithereen was exceptionally powerful, though it should have delved deeper into its theme of how social media controls people's minds and attention. Minus 1 and a half stars for the last episode with Miley Cyrus. Probably the worst episode of the entire franchise. Charlie Booker should be embarrassed for that ridiculousness.
  • Jun 15, 2020
    I love technology, this is a masterpiece. Very realistic in a predictive future. Feel astonished now by watching it on Netflix !!! MUST WATCH FOR ALL tech-savvy
  • Jun 09, 2020
    It's was awesome.... More special because of Miley Cyrus
  • Jun 04, 2020
    De tres capítulos, solo el tercero vale la pena.
  • May 29, 2020
    Little disappointing season,the core dark theme mind-blowing,strong thought provoking thing felt missing,the 3 episodes were entertaining but didn't feel the way of black mirror.the music throughout the season was amazing,the acting was great 1st episode's both guys and her lady,2nd episode's everyone,3rd episode's title characters and the villain and dad they were amazing,the stories of all 3 episodes felt like lite version of darkest series it wasn't that impact-full but little engaging,1st episode was decent the build-up and relationship thing within the gaming and no real life attraction with settling the things at last making it monthly it wasn't that great but it was okay,sometimes it just felt like soft porn it was too much into that,the 2nd one was very great it was relatable and genius the build-up and acting was strong and the whole situation with the call at last it was impressive and intense episode although ending was dark and bit sad,3rd episode felt like kids version of black mirror it was very polished except for the f-bombs,the dad was funny the sisters were good and the Ashley too robot was amazing,the other side story of Ashley and her aunt was like another pop star predictable movie it was little lazy as per the core thing of black mirror is concerned although the episode's music was great and it was entertaining,overall whole season didn't felt like usual mind-blowing awesome black mirror but it was decent and 2nd episode was brilliant but overall season was disappointment!
  • May 18, 2020
    Maybe I expected too much because of the previous seasons.
  • May 08, 2020
    This season was complete asshole. The last episode swerved in a very wrong direction, Smithereens was boring as all hell and had nothing profound to say, and Striking Vipers ultimately left me unsatisfied despite the fact it was the most "Black Mirror" out of all the episodes. DON'T EVEN BOTHER!!

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