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Luther: Season 3 (2013)


Average Rating: 7.7/10
Reviews Counted: 19
Fresh: 16
Rotten: 3

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 7.1/10
Reviews Counted: 7
Fresh: 6
Rotten: 1

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 4.3/5
User Ratings: 71


Season Info

Idris Elba, known for playing drug dealer Stringer Bell on "The Wire," is back in the third season of "Luther" as he explores life on the other side of the law in this psychological crime drama from acclaimed crime writer Neil Cross ("MI-5"). Elba portrays John Luther, a brilliant but tortured homicide detective who gets caught up in the psychological cat-and-mouse game between detective and criminal. The third season includes DCI Erin Gray ( Nikki Amuka-Bird) as she adjusts to her recent … More



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Air date: Sep 3, 2013

Luther returns to investigate a twisted fetishist who is murdering women in a horrific echo of an unsolved case from the 1980s, but Superintendent Stark does not approve of his unorthodox policing.

Air date: Sep 4, 2013

Luther's date with Mary is interrupted by another murder, and Luther wades through cold case files to connect the past and present. Will he predict the fetishist's next move in time to prevent it?

Air date: Sep 5, 2013

Two young men are shot in what looks like a gangland crime, but when another man dies shortly after, Luther realizes that all three have criminal records. It looks like the work of a vigilante killer.

Air date: Sep 6, 2013

The vigilante makes his vendetta personal, targeting Luther and those closest to him. Stark and Gray arrive just in time to hurry Mary to a secret place, but is her safety really Stark's priority?

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Critic Reviews for Luther: Season 3

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (3)

The season finale wasn't quite the explosive full-stop that we'd come to expect, but it was a nice rounding off to this chapter of the show. Whatever will they do next?

Full Review… | September 21, 2013
We Got This Covered

After watching tonight, you'll check under the bed before slipping under the covers.

Full Review… | September 6, 2013
Boston Herald
Top Critic

A "season" of Luther feels brief, because it is. After a two-year wait, the whole thing begins and ends this week. But because it wastes none of that time, it also feels like we've been studying this guy for a long time.

Full Review… | September 4, 2013
New York Daily News

At this point, Luther is what it is, and we may be wishing we had it back if the film industry, which is doing its best to pry Elba away from TV, fails to use the actor's many skills to their fullest capacity.

Full Review… | September 4, 2013
Huffington Post

Sensationalism trumps subtlety once more. Both Luther and Idris Elba deserve so much more.

Full Review… | September 4, 2013

It was clear from this opening scene that all the elements that made it one of the most worthwhile British imports had survived the two-year hiatus between seasons intact.

Full Review… | September 4, 2013
Paste Magazine

The plotting is perfunctory at best, and woefully, repetitively tired at worst.

Full Review… | September 4, 2013
USA Today

Luther is a great example of all of the annoying a TV show can do and still be worth watching, so long as it gets some essential things right.

Full Review… | September 3, 2013

Luther presents a problem for drama writers: Heal him and he's less interesting; perpetuate his damage and the show gets repetitive. Luther seems stuck in the latter cycle.

Full Review… | September 3, 2013
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Top Critic

I didn't think there was much left on television that could break through the numbness, much less scare me silly. And then Luther came back.

Full Review… | September 3, 2013
Philadelphia Daily News
Top Critic

Elba makes Luther's haunted, lonely soul into something faceted and more sympathetic than most of TV's broody detectives.

Full Review… | September 3, 2013
Boston Globe
Top Critic

The suspense is considerable.

Full Review… | September 3, 2013
TV Guide
Top Critic

If Luther were substantially longer, I wouldn't have the patience for it. Four hours is brief enough that the joy of seeing Elba back on TV outweighs the silliness of Luther as a whole.

Full Review… | September 3, 2013

Mr. Elba... is a perfect match for the troubled-genius cop who towers over everyone, physically, intellectually and morally.

Full Review… | September 3, 2013
New York Times
Top Critic

Idris Elba continues to be fantastic at every step.

Full Review… | August 30, 2013
Hollywood Reporter

Season three is consistently toned, crisp, mean, and morally irresolvable.

Full Review… | August 29, 2013
Slant Magazine

It gets darker, scarier and more captivating with each episode as Luther matches wits with killers and cops alike.

Full Review… | August 28, 2013
Top Critic

If the third time isn't quite the charm, the show isn't without its brooding pleasures.

Full Review… | August 27, 2013

There's precious little good TV through the summer months and this is worth staying in for.

Full Review… | July 2, 2013

Audience Reviews for Luther: Season 3

A very unbalanced last season, Luther disses some of its best characters in favor of more of the same. Very similar to S01 and that's not necessarily a good thing.

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