Ray Donovan: Season 3 (2015)



Critic Consensus: Ray Donovan expands its canvas, delves deeper into its flawed characters, and grows more compelling as it goes along.


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Air date: Jul 12, 2015
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Season 3 of the drama about Ray Donovan (Liev Schreiber), a troubleshooter in Los Angeles who fixes problems for the rich and famous, begins with Ray still dealing with the death of newspaper reporter Kate McPherson and believing that his closest friends have betrayed him. He soon gets his mind on business when he is hired by a wealthy family to free their kidnapped son. Meanwhile, Mickey (Jon Voight) gets into prostitution when he murders a pimp who was mistreating a hooker; Ray and Mickey go to great lengths in an attempt to free Terry (Eddie Marsan) from prison before he gets killed by an Aryan gang for killing one of their members; and Abby (Paula Malcomson) returns to Boston to visit her family and flirts with an old flame.


Liev Schreiber
as Ray Donovan
Jon Voight
as Mickey Donovan
Dash Mihok
as Bunchy Donovan
Devon Bagby
as Conor Donovan
Eddie Marsan
as Terry Donovan
Paula Malcomson
as Abby Donovan
Ian McShane
as Malcolm Finney
Kerris Dorsey
as Bridget Donovan
Elliott Gould
as Ezra Goldman
Peter Jacobson
as Lee Drexler
Ambyr Childers
as Ashley Rucker
Johnathon Schaech
as Sean Stevens
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Critic Reviews for Ray Donovan Season 3

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (7)

[It] doesn't appear to have shifted much in its themes or delivery, but it's heartening to see that, in moving on from Goldman & Drexler and Elliot Gould's role as Ray's mentor, it's aiming to give Ray a more carefully-sketched relationship with his boss.

Jul 13, 2015 | Full Review…
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The best news for the show is the arrival of Ian McShane as Malcolm Finney, a slippery rich guy who contracts for Ray's services.

Jul 9, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

With the first couple of episodes as guide, Donovan is in good shape.

Jul 8, 2015 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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Ray Donovan seems to occupy a second-tier status among classy cable dramas, but it's sometimes as good as almost anything else out there.

Jul 13, 2015 | Full Review…

Ray Donovan remains a potent mix of pathos and dark comedy.

Jul 13, 2015 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Everything rides on Liev Schreiber's shoulders, who manages to avoid monotony despite the narrow slit of affect and emotion permitted his persona through sheer force of concentration and imposing presence.

Jul 13, 2015 | Full Review…

Ray Donovan is back and things will never be quite the same again.

Jul 13, 2015 | Full Review…

Take away the foul language, sex scenes and occasional bursts of gory violence, and it's very, very ordinary.

Jul 13, 2015 | Full Review…

Ray Donovan may just be the best summer show you're not watching.

Jul 10, 2015 | Full Review…

The entire world of Ray Donovan feels typified by nothing more than pent-up machismo.

Jul 10, 2015 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Ray Donovan: Season 3

Ray Donovan's third season is an unquestioned improvement of its previous season. There’s less emphasis on some warn family dynamics, notably the nearly insufferable melodrama between Ray and Abby, and more on what makes Ray, Ray—un-measureable brooding intensity and fortitude with a notable troubled undercurrent. The season has some interesting storylines, and features some great guest stars, especially Ian McShane. There’s some development from Ray’s brothers and we see a growing tiredness with Mickey—but also some groundwork that will make for strong exploration later. Yet, in typical Donovan style, the series remains prone to over-the-top melodrama, and sometimes gets away from itself. The show is at its best when it’s dark, serious, and intricate. This season offered some of that, and hopefully subsequent seasons will have more to come.


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