‘Daredevil’ Season 2 Reviews Mixed: From ‘Compelling’ to ‘Straight-Up Disappointment’

Reviewers are bummed about the absence of Vincent D'Onofrio‘s Wilson Fisk, among other gripes

Netflix has debuted the second season of Marvel’s “Daredevil,” and critics are mostly lukewarm about the continuing adventures of Matt Murdoch.

The Charlie Cox-led superhero drama is still considered a solid bet by most critics, and it has received a 75 percent positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

However, most of the praise is muted.

“‘Daredevil’ is still a solid crime-fighter action drama, with handsome, dimly lighted camerawork reflecting the point of view of its blind hero and fight choreography that’s economical but effective,” said the New York Times reviewer Mike Hale.

“I admire the series without being very engaged by it,” added Yahoo! TV‘s Ken Tucker.

Still, others were even less enthusiastic.

“[Drew] Goddard, [Steven] DeKnight, and [Vincent] D’Onofrio are gone, and so is the spark,” said Entertainment Weekly‘s Jeff Jensen. “Season 2 — overseen by exec producers Douglas Petrie and Marco Ramirez, who both wrote on season 1 –is a straight-up disappointment.”

New York Magazine‘s Abraham Riseman agreed, saying, “It’s hard to do anything new in the superhero genre, but the second season of Marvel’s ‘Daredevil’ seems resolutely determined not to try.”

But the season has its ardent fans, as well, with Newsday’s Verne Gay saying, “Once again, bone-crunching violence, and a compelling hero.”