First reviews of season 5 The Crown: Elizabeth Debicki’s Princess Diana stars in ‘weak’ season, critics say

the crown He returns after a two-year hiatus with Season 5 premiering on Netflix on November 9. He’s officially entering the scandal-filled ’90s with these new episodes.

As with previous seasons, a new era means a new cast entering the fold: Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth II, Jonathan Pryce as Prince Philip, Leslie Manville as Princess Margaret, Dominic West as Prince Charles, Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana, Claudia Harrison He plays Princess Anne and Olivia Williams as Camilla Parker-Bowles, Johnny Lee Miller plays Prime Minister John Major, Salim Daou is Mohammed Al Fayed, Khaled Abdullah plays Dodi Fayed.

With current events as they are and more scrutiny being placed on the potentially exploitative nature of the new season, it feels a bit fitting, considering how the show will explore how the royal family came under heavy scrutiny in the ’90s. Regardless of all the hype, do new episodes deliver the goods?

Here’s what critics are saying about Netflix Season 5 the crown:

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Camilla, Dodi, Jigsaw… Author Peter Morgan delves into it all. What he didn’t spend a lot of time on in the show’s fifth season was the Queen herself. Frankly, this is for the better. —Judy Berman, TIME Magazine

As the final incarnation of Keep Calm and Carry On, “The Crown” remains a solid piece of prestigious television with a strong and clear vision of its intertwined subject matter. —Kayleigh Donaldson, TheWrap

if [Morgan] Occasionally he draws a very dense metaphor—say, Diana was recording Bashir’s explosive interview on Guy Fawkes Night—his concept of each of his fictional themes is still as strong as ever. – Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone

While the entire cast is perfect, Elizabeth Debicki’s portrayal of Princess Diana is what the audience has been waiting for and will surely feel good about. —Tyler Duster, AwardsWatch

Season five is woefully deficient in its focus, which in turn places a huge burden on the cast and production. —Ben Travers, IndieWire

As in years past, the heart of the series remains the sympathy of creator Peter Morgan for the human souls within this noble institution. —Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter

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Here’s what British critics are saying:

Despite the thousands of angry words written and accused of turning the royal family into cheap TV series, I’m afraid the first three episodes were boring. But here’s the good news. He is getting better. Much better. —Carol Midgley, The Times (UK)

This series, when it reaches its stride in at least the second half, is as compelling as the series. —Hugh Montgomery,

This series from The Crown is unrecognizable in its tone, compared to the original series in 2016. With its nearly unlimited budget and all-stars, this show has become a terrible misrepresentation of itself. —Christopher Stevens, Daily Mail (UK)

These new episodes are small and often boring, as Morgan searches for side plots to hide the fact that everything he has to say about Windsor has already been said. —Jack Seal, Guardian

This was once a high-fashion drama, moments from 20th century history compiled into a fine soap opera. But as the events of the story chase the present, the show is headed toward the frivolous telenovela. —Anita Singh, The Telegraph (UK)


The Crown: Season 5
Premiere on Wednesday, November 9th on Netflix.

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