3%: Season 1 Reviews

March 4, 2019
While the high stakes of survival and shocking twists throughout the process make 3% compelling, the show's greatest asset is its young cast. Each candidate has their own personality and history that add complications to the process.
March 2, 2019
The Elysium-like premise is explored with real emotional depth, and director César Charlone, the cinematographer responsible for City of God's stunning visuals, shoots everything with a gritty glow.
March 2, 2019
What works in the series's favour is the elaborate backgrounds bestowed on the characters.
March 2, 2019
When 3% isn't making thoughtful observations about the human race and how we wall ourselves off from one another, its dazzling you with clever moments and genuinely shocking twists all designed to keep you hopelessly hooked.
March 1, 2019
What it lacks in production dollars it makes up for in the compulsive viewing stakes.
March 1, 2019
While the dystopian sci-fi market has been particularly saturated for the last few years, 3% manages to reference a number of cultural touchstones in the genre, whilst bringing something fresh and interesting to the table.
March 1, 2019
If 3% is indicative of Brazilian talent, then I need more.
May 22, 2018
Part pyschological thriller, part sci-fi morality play, the eight-episode series is full of characters on both sides of the test, struggling to win a chance at a better life without abandoning their principles.
May 8, 2018
The Brazilian show will itch the Hunger Games scratch, but still add an entirely new element of excitement.
May 8, 2018
It's admittedly not the most original concept at its core... But 3% has a powerful and unique human story that begins to reveal itself in later episodes.
May 8, 2018
The true test of a binge-worthy show like this is how badly you want the next episode to start, and with 3% there's no need to bother with the remote, except to occasionally tell Netflix that, yes, of course, you're still watching.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 8, 2018
"3%" brings with it some unique elements and compelling characters, plus a strong take on the social implications of the premise.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 13, 2017
The characters are the show's strongest point, though, and it skilfully introduces the six core candidates throughout The Process' preliminary challenges in the first episode.
January 3, 2017
Dystopian thriller has a good story, violent moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 16, 2016
The reason why 3% works so well... is that it feels more personal and emotionally driven, easing us into connecting with characters who eventually become far more than their pilot-episode characteristics.
Top Critic
December 16, 2016
The uneven but compelling 3% argues for hemispheric resonance by making a farce out of - and mining terrific suspense from - the myth of deserved affluence, the obvious corollary of which is deserved poverty.
December 16, 2016
3% shows just enough of a new reality that it leaves viewers wanting more.