Stranger Things: Season 3 Reviews

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July 9, 2019
Despite the nerdy fun of "Stranger Things," its...over-all pluckiness, the show reveals how the kids-save-the-day model represents a romantic but ultimately uneven idealism that has echoes in our current political moment.
July 8, 2019
All the familiar beats of the episode don't mean this season is predictable, for us or for its characters.
July 8, 2019
What these ideas come down to, in the show's thrillingly propulsive and self-consciously familiar conclusion, is the nature of a country that fully believes it's the greatest in the world while also being well aware of its own capacity for destruction.
July 5, 2019
A third (season) might have been pushing it but, hey, it worked too, and it ended in such a way that it would be a bummer if Stranger Things didn't return.
July 5, 2019
This season can never come close to the transgressive thrill of the retro-pop it's imitating. And you miss the kid-vengeance appeal of the debut season, when Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) and her shaved head exuded righteous youthful anger.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
July 5, 2019
"Stranger Things" spends hours and hours letting things unspool, with some episodes clocking in past the one-hour mark. Even heaped with tangents, the material just doesn't prove worthy.
July 18, 2019
The 80s references are a bit more heavy-handed than in previous seasons, but Stranger Things 3 still delivers on the adventure, fun, and nostalgia promised by its predecessors.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
July 17, 2019
There are parts of the segmented story that work better than others but over the course of the season, Stranger Things proves itself to be one of the most enjoyable, well-thought out shows across the vast TV landscape.
Full Review | Original Score: A
July 17, 2019
Some of the episodes seem too filled with filler but the final one makes it all worthwhile. These characters have grown on us so we will give them leeway in just being themselves for a while.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
July 15, 2019
While this season left us with some plot holes, pacing issues and unnecessarily gut-wrenching blows, Stranger Things 3 continues to nail not only the essence of the '80s, but so many aspects of childhood.
July 13, 2019
A cocktail of terror and adventure. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
July 12, 2019
The biggest problem is that Stranger Things has lost its edge, mystery and intrigue. [Full review in Spanish]
July 12, 2019
Instead of reminding us of what we have lost, the show gets caught up in the kind of patriotic fantasies that adults love so much, things like romance and defeating communism in a mall with fireworks on the fourth of July.
July 11, 2019
Season 3 reminds us why we love this show, and it's not just the nostalgia, it's the characters. There's plenty of the past two seasons worked in, but there's also a refreshing dose of Summer Fun and the complexities of being young.
July 11, 2019
Overall, the show more than earns the welcome-home party fans have thrown for it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
July 11, 2019
Stranger Things Season 3 is one of the best seasons of television we will see in 2019.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
July 10, 2019
You don't have to know all the backstory to get with the new season's scares and retro references - might as well jump right in for a retro-'80s thrill ride.
July 10, 2019
Stranger Things 1 & 2 offered cohesive stories that surpassed the weakness of some of the parts, whereas Stranger Things 3 had some truly outstanding parts that did not make up for the weakness of the overall story arc.
July 10, 2019
A fantastic extravaganza of nostalgia driven action. Everything's better this season. The script, the hairdos, the monsters. [Full review in Spanish].
July 9, 2019
Season three lives in the moment, a fun-filled summer adventure that does its best to ignore the passing of time.
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