Luther: Season 3 (2013)


Season 3

Critics Consensus

Idris Elba shines in the title role of Luther despite familiar circumstances that benefit from the shortened season.



Critic Ratings: 25


Audience Score

User Ratings: 278
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Air date: Sep 3, 2013
Air date: Sep 4, 2013
Air date: Sep 5, 2013
Air date: Sep 6, 2013

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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 crimedrama 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 thirdseason includes DCI Erin Gray (Nikki Amuka-Bird)as she adjusts to her recent promotionand an ex-cop comes out of retirement questioning Luther's past. Cast members joining thethird seasonincludeDavid O'Hara as DSU George Stark and Sienna Guillory as Luther's new love interest, Mary Day.

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Critic Reviews for Luther Season 3

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (10)

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.

Sep 4, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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.

Sep 3, 2013 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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

Sep 3, 2013 | Full Review…

This was a solid set of episodes for the show, though there was a bit more that could have been explored.

Aug 26, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Luther is saved from terminal morbidity by the panache with which director Sam Miller handles the material.

Jul 22, 2018 | Full Review…

The real reason Luther is so compelling can be summed up in two words: Idris Elba.

Jul 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Luther is good at dropping in moments of heightened suspense just as you're starting to think the script is packed with so many cinematic clichés you might just laugh. That's if you weren't so scared.

Aug 14, 2017 | Full Review…

Is it stupidly brilliant or just brilliantly stupid? Don't mattah.

Oct 3, 2018 | Full Review…

At least he's going out on his own terms.

Jul 3, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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?

Sep 21, 2013 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Luther: Season 3

  • Mar 20, 2015
    Season 3 is a bit of a return to form, but the new female detective is incredibly unlikable. I'm still not sure why Wilson never got the screen time she so clearly deserved.
    Jeff L Super Reviewer
  • Oct 06, 2014
    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.
    Francisco G Super Reviewer
  • Mar 19, 2019
    Less of Luther character in this one and more about morality. Stark and Grey arc didnâ??t add anything to the story.
  • May 03, 2017
    Its still really good, but Luther has less ingenius police work than the past, and more unfortunate, less Alice Morgan. In addition the main villain is a simpering coward who was at times intolerable and non captivating.
  • Sep 13, 2015
    Short seasons, two episodes for each killer. A bit average the first two episodes, but the adrenaline in pumping hard towards the end.
  • Aug 04, 2015
    Really interesting cop show. Idris Elba is great as Luther. The odd, mostly one sided relationship he has with the genius socipath Alice Morgan (played by Ruth Wilson) keeps things interesting. She seems to be in love with Luther and trys to help him, even murdering a pedophile she believes Luther tried and failed to kill in order to keep him from implicating Luther. I generally like cop shows when they are done well. This one is.
  • Jul 10, 2015
    Con una carga dramática de más peso, absolutamente nada va en descenso en esta temporada (episodios bien escritos, buena fotografía y musicalización), mientras Luther va teniendo cada vez más todo en su contra, no nada más en lo profesional, sino en lo emocional.
  • Mar 06, 2015
    Just finished the third season of this British TV series, and it's worth watching. Like watching a never ending action flick with all the bells and whistles.
  • Jul 22, 2014
    This is the third (and final) installment of the BBC’s pulp thriller starring Idris Elba (Pacific Rim) as DCI John Luther, a loose cannon cop who puts his work above everything. Series One devoted four episodes to the entrancing tango between Luther and Alice Morgan, a sweet young girl who Luther knows murdered her parents in cold blood played by Ruth Wilson (The Lone Ranger). Their Hannibal/Clarice relationship carried over into Series Two, which found DCI Luther taking on a masked murderer leaving cryptic messages, rescuing a girl lost in a haze of drugs and prostitution, and playing chicken with a pair of twin killers strapped with bombs. As though in an attempt to top it, Series Three begins with a massive police raid, and takes off from there with shoe-fetish stalkers, hands in blenders, vigilante justice and Luther under investigation from a shady DCU. Certainly, the pulp-y elements can wear on the viewer after a bit, and this wasn’t Luther’s strongest season (mostly due to a lack of Alice, the show’s biggest highlight), but while many are hesitant to dive into programing from across the pond, Downton Abbey this ain’t, and at only four episodes, its worth a watch for Idris Elba’s powerful presence alone.
  • Jul 03, 2014
    Does not lack in style.

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