Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (2018)


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Critic Consensus: While Bandersnatch marks an innovative step forward for interactive content, its meta narrative can't quite sustain interest over multiple viewings -- though it provides enough trademark Black Mirror tech horror to warrant at least one watch.

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In 1984, a young programmer begins to question reality as he adapts a sprawling fantasy novel into a video game and soon faces a mind-mangling challenge.

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All Critics (64) | Top Critics (20)

The latest Black Mirror episode is a missed opportunity to improve female representation onscreen... to reverse the male-driven, trite narrative of active male and passive female characters.

Jan 30, 2019 | Full Review…

The whole thing was tedious: confusing, repetitive, dilatory... It's the TV equivalent of being stuck in heavy traffic.

Jan 23, 2019 | Full Review…

Writer Charlie Brooker's take on the medium stands out from the bunch. Not only is it unlike anything you've ever seen in this medium, it also makes you think in ways that only a show as dark and existential as Black Mirror can.

Jan 3, 2019 | Full Review…
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It's fiendish stuff, but an undeniably clever new entry in the boundlessly reflective Black Mirror canon: the episode that never ends.

Jan 3, 2019 | Full Review…

It's tech we're supposed to be able to boss around that bosses us around instead. In that way, it's a perfect Netflix show.

Dec 30, 2018 | Full Review…
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The question though is 'Is it any good as a film?' I'm torn between choosing 'YES' or 'NO.' Is there a third option?

Dec 30, 2018 | Full Review…

The film also offers a more complex version of the choose-your-own style than seen before on mainstream television and cinema, with multiple choices and at least some degree of real control over the narrative.

Jan 17, 2019 | Full Review…

I admire the story tree that they've worked out... and I thought the actors sold it well.

Jan 16, 2019 | Full Review…

If you just laid it out without the gimmick it would have been a mediocre episode of the show.

Jan 16, 2019 | Full Review…

Blurring the distinction between creator and audience, "Bandersnatch" offers a fascinating space in which you can help create the pathways of multiple narrative worlds.

Jan 11, 2019 | Full Review…

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