The new season of House of Cards hit Netflix this morning — and critics are already deeming the series' newest installment a flop.
Earlier this week, 'The New York Times' warned viewers that the first few episodes of the political drama — which stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright as President Frank Underwood and First Lady Claire Underwood, respectively — are "monotonous" and "surprisingly sluggish."
Kevin and Robin on 'House of Cards.' (Photo Credit: R/R)
"The pace picks up and the subplots thicken by the fourth episode, and by the fifth the series recaptures some of its early panache, but given that there are only about 13 hours per season, that’s quite a slow windup," Alessandra Stanley wrote in her review.
Another critic from the 'NY Daily News' similarly pointed out a few of the show's flaws but noted the new season — which picks up six months into Underwood's presidency — was overall worth a weekend of binge watching, aka viewing the entire season in one sitting. He also praised Kevin and Robin's acting.
Kevin as President Frank Underwood on 'House of Cards.' (Photo Credit: R/R)
"Wright, who already has won an Emmy for the role, remains one of the best parts of the series, while Underwood’s bottomless appetite for dark dealing keeps Spacey so deliciously detestable you can’t help but keep rooting for the bad guy to win," Don Kaplan wrote.
As the third season (in entirety) appeared on Netflix in the early morning of Friday, Feb. 27, fans of the show were able to form their own opinions, most of which have been surprisingly positive.
"I'm so astounded, I'm crying now," one impassioned 'House of Cards' fan wrote on Twitter in reaction to the new episodes. Another shared, "I'm loving season three so far!"
I'm loving season 3 so far #HouseOfCards— Kevin Brown (@PlayaKB) February 27, 2015
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