House of Cards: Season 3 Reviews

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.
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.