Critic Consensus: A slippery moral dilemma and a superb turn from Andrew Scott make "Smithereens" watchable, even if its familiar story feels more like an early episode of Black Mirror than a fresh futuristic horror story.
Critic reviews for Smithereens
Much of the "Smithereens'" success can be attributed to Andrew Scott's committed, textured performance.
"Smithereens" gets in a few interesting jabs, but Charlie Brooker's script is hampered by how thin the plot is, how long it takes for the action to get going, and how simplistic the big mystery turns out to be.
Probably the best of this season's crop, and it does it all without any unlikely fictional technology.
Slow to start, but once Topher Grace enters this episode you will be on the edge of your seat. Once again Black Mirror hits home with technology today.
The criticism and condemnation may be familiar, but it's freshened up in the form of a thrilling and occasionally heart-breaking hostage drama.
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