• Network: Netflix
  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 1, 2013
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Metascore
62

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 21
  2. Negative: 3 out of 21

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Oct 30, 2018
    88
    Like Walter White, she's the antihero we love to love--conflicted, intelligent, seductive, and human-all-too-human. Claire will be done in just eight episodes. A shame because she was just getting started. Claire's turn and she makes it count.
  2. Reviewed by: Kristen Baldwin
    Oct 23, 2018
    83
    House of Cards does not suffer from the lack of Kevin Spacey; anyone who has stayed with the Underwoods this long knows Wright is more than capable of carrying the action as the show’s anti-hero. ... Wright brings more humor to Claire than ever before as the President exploits sexist stereotypes about female hysteria.
  3. Reviewed by: Erin Keane
    Oct 30, 2018
    80
    Following Robin Wright through this season as she reveals Claire slowly and deliberately is worth a binge.
  4. Reviewed by: Robert Rorke
    Oct 30, 2018
    75
    While serving up a new batch of so-so operatives (Greg Kinnear and Diane Lane play tech billionaire siblings with a right-wing bent) to vex Claire, the best thing about the final episodes of House of Cards is the return of several ghosts of Underwood administrations past.
  5. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Oct 29, 2018
    75
    In this truncated season (only eight episodes as opposed to the usual 13), Wright remains outstanding. But “House” suffers from the same problem as HBO’s “Veep.” Both started as daring satires of the highest office in our land and both have been surpassed by our current reality in which every day brings a new tweet storm of chaos.
  6. Reviewed by: Michael Ausiello
    Oct 23, 2018
    75
    Serious weight is given to mundane moments with other, seemingly more substantial ones ending before they began. Everything just feels a little… off. And yet, amid the choppiness, I found myself mostly engrossed in what was happening--and the reason for that is Wright. ...The actress now goes it alone and more than rises to the occasion.
  7. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Nov 1, 2018
    70
    Wright’s reserve, unlike Spacey’s bombast, helps keep some of the writing’s mania in check. ... The self-serious drama hasn’t just morphed into a Ryan Murphy fantasy sequence; it appears to have thought more holistically about what promoting women should actually look like. ... Generally speaking, the show feels knowingly ludicrous, so in on its own jokes that it can occasionally transcend them.
  8. 70
    A lot of the subplots revolve around established and new characters trying to hold Claire to whatever arrangement they had with Frank and learning that the solid ground they thought they were standing on has turned to quicksand. This is explored most elegantly through Claire’s relationship with former White House chief of staff Doug Stamper (Michael Kelly) and battles against siblings Annette and Bill Shepherd (Diane Lane and Greg Kinnear), a couple of tech billionaires turned right-wing influencers.
  9. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Nov 1, 2018
    67
    House of Cards also can be a victim of its own excesses, which are now built up into a heavy goo of previous evil and investigations of same by the sometimes ridiculously dogged Tom Hammerschmidt (Boris McGiver). ... Wright’s performance reflects all of [Francis's] cynicism, calculation and deep, unhealed wounds that powered his engine, and now hers as a President who pledges allegiance only to herself and her gender.
  10. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Oct 31, 2018
    65
    The hammy wink Mr. Spacey brought to these breaking-the-fourth-wall moments was fun in the beginning, but they grew tiresome and predictable. At this point, it’s probably better to breathe fresher air into the proceedings, which Ms. Wright does. Claire as the lead offers a different perspective, a worthy way to end a series that launched hundreds of other shows.
  11. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Nov 1, 2018
    60
    There's no escaping the awkwardness that surrounds permeates this sixth and final season -- an inevitable byproduct of having to shuffle the deck, creatively speaking, after discarding one of its aces.
  12. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Oct 23, 2018
    60
    The shift in focus from Frank to Claire Underwood finds House of Cards somewhat reinvigorated through its first five new episodes. It's a change that comes far too late for the show to escape many of its worst narrative instincts, or a surplus of flat recurring characters, but for the first time in years House of Cards has something new and frequently interesting to say.
  13. Reviewed by: Daniel D'Addario
    Oct 23, 2018
    60
    While the sixth and final season of House of Cards is as mixed a bag as the thrilling but uneven Netflix drama has yet produced, the good news is that Robin Wright is up to the task of anchoring the show.
  14. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Oct 23, 2018
    58
    Five of the eight final episodes over-emphasize [Frank's] importance and fail to create arcs worthy of Wright’s talents or Claire’s individuality. Worse yet, they weaken the show’s conscious effort to highlight the discrimination facing female politicians.
  15. Reviewed by: Spencer Kornhaber
    Nov 1, 2018
    50
    The performances are excellent, maybe better than ever before. But Cards has always been a show whose plot contortions could confuse and whose incremental intrigue could bore, and those problems are worse now that everyone seems to be whispering. There are interesting ideas at play, though. ... Unfortunately, it isn’t until more than halfway through the eight-episode season that Claire’s big plan becomes clear.
  16. Reviewed by: Malcolm Venable
    Nov 1, 2018
    50
    House of Cards never quite maintains momentum, again; the first five episodes sent to critics are sometimes promising, sometimes plodding.
  17. Reviewed by: Kevin Fallon
    Oct 23, 2018
    50
    The series still suffers from the same issues it has in past seasons. For a show with as many dastardly, dark, thrilling subplots--more than can even really be kept track of--it’s ever-confusing that it can seem to move so slowly. Robin Wright is characteristically hypnotizing in the lead, regally stalking the Oval Office as she cleans up messes without a hair moving out of place.
  18. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Nov 2, 2018
    40
    Robin Wright is many things, but possessed of a light touch she is not. Her grim addresses--to the camera, and to anyone within camera range--are steely and unceasing, with very little variation in tone or emotion. It doesn’t help that the dialogue--for nearly every character, but especially for Claire--is stilted. ... The show has gotten rid of its biggest troublemaker without replacing him with new trouble that would be more entertaining.
  19. Reviewed by: Todd VanDerWerff
    Nov 2, 2018
    30
    By the time the last three episodes roll around, House of Cards’ final season has abruptly buried itself in a whole host of weird, borderline anti-feminist tropes. ... Every time season six starts to build some momentum behind either of its other two major ideas, it lumbers backward to ponder what Frank would have done, or what Frank would have wanted, and it kills that momentum immediately.
  20. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Nov 1, 2018
    30
    Even with the topically on-point crisis--some would say gift--of having to fire its star, Kevin Spacey (amid allegations of sexual assault), and replace him with the show’s far more interesting co-star and character (Robin Wright as the newly sworn-in, stainless-steel President Claire Underwood), House of Cards had already drifted hopelessly away from any kind of resonance or plausibility. Even as a hate-watch it had stopped delivering.
  21. 25
    They are smothered by the ghost of Frank/Spacey, as well as a stifling atmosphere that’s partly a combo of the weightless writing and Netflix’s digital gloss. It was already stuffy with Spacey around, but without his Foghorn Leghorn hamming to distract us, it has become even more unbearable.
User Score
2.9

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 121 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 121
  2. Negative: 83 out of 121
  1. Nov 4, 2018
    2
    Huge fan of Season 1-5. Watched episode 1 of season 6 and will not continue with episode 2-8. Is it fair, then, for one who has not watchedHuge fan of Season 1-5. Watched episode 1 of season 6 and will not continue with episode 2-8. Is it fair, then, for one who has not watched the full season to give it a negative review? Perhaps not. But, I would ask, is it fair for episode 1's writing and storytelling to parody and disrespect everything that came before? (i.e. Claire to the camera/viewer: "Don't believe anything Francis previously told you".) Why taint fond memories of the first 5 seasons with whatever comes after?
  2. Nov 3, 2018
    2
    A spectacular nosedive for a once-great show. In season one, the show took multiple episodes to show us the careful preparations required forA spectacular nosedive for a once-great show. In season one, the show took multiple episodes to show us the careful preparations required for a single murder: the relationship-building required for a cover-up, the planning, the missteps, the moral hesitation of the conspirators, and the final, surprising, ruthless kiling. In season six, gunshot wounds appear in politically convenient victims, shot by offscreen snipers.

    The show goes full soap opera:
    -Women find themselves instantly pregnant by dead characters.
    -Characters return from the dead! Only to be killed off minutes later.
    -Paternity mysteries!
    -Kompromat falls into the lap of the main characters as soon as they disagree with someone.
    -The reading of the will, followed by the.. SECRET WILL!
    -Open talk of conspiracies to murder
    -Sibling billionaires
    -Who Shot J.R., except we wish we had been dreaming.

    I could go on and on, but this was a slap in the face to any fan of the show. The lack of Spacey really wasn't the problem, (though it was A problem) when faced with cringeworthy dialogue, flat-out stupid stories, a brand-new cast with zero character development, pointless episodes, and a multitude of loose ends that had been dangling since the first season.

    Somehow the show hamfistedly panders to the crowd that demanded Spacey's firing while showcasing the first woman president as a frail pawn. She doesn't give a state of the union address, watch covert strikes from the situation room, dole out wisdom during cabinet meetings, outwit the opposing political party, or give an inspirational speech to the nation.

    Instead, she goes to parties with billionaires. Attends funerals. She cries in bed. She's pushed around by her cabinet. She lets someone hold her hand while she signs a bill. She schemes, she chews scenery, she talks to the camera, but she rarely does anything presidential. She appoints an all-female cabinet! .....Then dumps all over them.

    I was tempted to abstain from watching Season 6 because the ending just wouldn't be what was intended from the start. I didn't realize that it would just be outright bad television that didn't resolve anything from the first season.
  3. Nov 5, 2018
    0
    What an absolute abomination. This show went so far off the rails it is truly pathetic. Nobody in their right mind should even attempt toWhat an absolute abomination. This show went so far off the rails it is truly pathetic. Nobody in their right mind should even attempt to watch this final season. Do yourself a favor and don't watch past season 2.

    What an absolute joke.

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