House of Cards: Season 3 Reviews

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November 17, 2015
He might be evil, but he's very effective. Besides, this is Washington. If his downfall comes, he'll just wait four years and rise again.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
November 17, 2015
After all the pawns Frank felled in playing his elaborate chess game, in resetting the board House of Cards had the good sense to shrewdly focus on its king, queen and one particularly conflicted knight.
March 11, 2015
House of Cards is still playing with a full deck and the only imperious King and Queen it needs in Frank and Claire Underwood. Squint just a little and perhaps you'll see Richard Nixon and Hillary Clinton.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
March 9, 2015
The series is a high-octane soap opera, and glorious as that, and that alone.
March 5, 2015
"House of Cards" has always been a cartoon-or maybe, given how beautifully stylized and mise-en-scened it is, we should call it a graphic novel-but for too much of the current season, it forgets to not take itself seriously.
March 5, 2015
Sure it's sudsy drama. But great characters make for great fun in season 3.
January 12, 2018
House of Cards no longer has much to say about itself. [Full review in Spanish]
November 14, 2017
Season three is an awfully late point at which to pivot into character drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 6, 2017
Placing Frank Underwood up where the buck stops means Beau Willimon's political drama loses momentum, but it retains its slithery charm in Frank's dealings with Lars Mikkelsen's Russian premier and smartly keeps his relationship with wife at the core.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 2, 2017
This series dwindles into sleek, well-oiled, smoothly professional office drama, a beautiful example of ensemble playing with Robin Wright's Claire the equal of her husband. But not more than a couple of episodes at a time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 3, 2016
Up until now, their marriage has been portrayed to outsiders, and to themselves, as a relationship between equals. But that notion slowly begins to fall apart once they're in the White House, and that's what makes season three so compelling.
November 17, 2015
While I totally get that, with Frank now president, House of Cards' third season needed to play things differently in both tone and tempo, the end result felt fairly zero-sum.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.7/10
August 5, 2015
'Do what you have to do.'...Netflix's flagship series addresses this dictum to many characters grappling with tough choices, but the core subject of [Season Three]...is the marriage of Frank and Claire Underwood. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 9, 2015
The more ludicrous the show's real-world inventions, the harder it becomes to swallow its baroque interpersonal dramas.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
July 6, 2015
It can easily be said that season three is a step up from the previous season, and it ends up being for a very basic reason: the intrigue has returned in force and is simply more engaging than what season two had to offer.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 17, 2015
In the Season 2 opener, Frank threw Mara under the train. In the Season 3 opener, Frank urinated on his father's headstone. Now there's a piss-poor encore - and yet, a perfect harbinger of the dilution to come.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
March 12, 2015
The third season of House of Cards comes up with some formidable foes for Frank Underwood.
March 11, 2015
Everyone in House of Cards has an agenda - a secret twitching in the attic. The thrill, and the horror, may lie in the degree to which we catch reflections of real life in its dark, cool contours.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 5, 2015
Spoiler alert: if you haven't yet seen season three of House of Cards in its entirety, be warned. I have and you should turn away now if you wish to avoid knowing that the series is... not very good. How bad are we talking? Very.
March 4, 2015
When I burned through House of Cards' third season this weekend, my entire reason for watching the show had disappeared.
March 4, 2015
Frank's opening act of rebellious urination is, in fact, a misleading feint: In its third season, House of Cards pulls back from the outlandish to make itself over as a comparatively plodding relationship drama.
March 3, 2015
Wright... 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 2, 2015
"House of Cards" fancies itself a sophisticated critique of Washington. Instead, it's a muddled and naive insult to our intelligence.
March 2, 2015
With the cupboard bare, Willimon does his best to inject some residual humanity into House of Cards in Season 3. But it's awfully hard to retroactively Frankenstein a human heart into what is essentially a monster show.
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