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 5, 2019
The Duffers' strength has more to do with clever and engaging packaging than with visceral imagination, and their scary beasts and battles royale haven't really evolved.
Top Critic
July 4, 2019
Even the most distinctive moments feel disconnected from the rest, especially a segment in the final episode that feels as if its sole purpose is to be extracted and recirculated as a meme.
July 3, 2019
When the band of misfits set out to solve the mystery, "Stranger Things 3" crackles with the same oddball charm, dark suspense, innocence and self-aware humor that made this nerdy monster tale a surprise hit in the first place.
July 3, 2019
An enjoyably derivative eight-episode binge that's plenty of fun, if probably not worthy of all the hype and fuss.
July 3, 2019
The strongest elements of Stranger Things is the writers' awareness of what the audience wants and the best way to deliver those treats.
July 3, 2019
All those 1980s references and the wit and sense of longing for simpler times - no internet, no smartphones, no obsessing over Instagram - is exactly what makes the series a delight again. And more of a delight than the second season.
July 2, 2019
The greatest joy in the series at this stage comes from the way it's evolved into a hangout sitcom with periodic monster attacks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
July 2, 2019
The rhythm of "Stranger Things" has never been tighter, but it helps that the cast feels elevated as well
July 2, 2019
Brown, always called upon to suffer as a girl saddled with superpowers, puts every ounce of heart, soul, anguished screaming, and energetic hand acting she has into her portrayal of Eleven.
June 30, 2019
It's a thin imitation of what we used to have, who could blame anyone for clinging to it?
June 30, 2019
There's a repetitious fatigue that sets in... some of that is completely intentional and much of it is still quite entertaining, but this introspection on stagnation and reticence to mature probably could have come sooner and unfolded faster.
June 30, 2019
Just like the kids are growing up, in the third season, the stakes are higher, and so are the consequences, but it's still Stranger Things, and it remains pretty rad.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 30, 2019
They don't have everything flawlessly calibrated in Stranger Things 3, but there's enough of the taste that got viewers hooked in the first place to keep them cracking open one episode after another.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Top Critic
June 30, 2019
Reliable, durable and comfortable, "ST3" is what you'd expect and certainly what you want, if what you "want" is seasons 1 and 2, with a few big twists along the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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