The Deuce: Season 3 Reviews

January 3, 2020
While these moments of self-awareness may draw you out, the central plot of Season 3... is prestige television at its finest.
January 3, 2020
This is rich television that demands you put down your phone and give it your full attention. As a portrait of a time and industry, it is both brilliantly broad and painfully precise.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 30, 2019
Gyllenhaal with sharp, quiffed hairstyle and big-boss earrings is tough and streetwise, but still tender beneath, as when Eileen reminisces with a co-worker how they each got into the game - the stories aren't nice.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
October 29, 2019
The Deuce's greatest and most distinct strengths: its unflinching exploration of the manifold and frequently unforeseen costs of sex work.
September 27, 2019
A final, gripping season.
September 16, 2019
As this episode makes clear though, perhaps the reason all this frustration is starting to bubble over is that nobody with the power to do anything appears to be heeding anyone's cries for help.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 12, 2019
Something, at this point in the show's life, has been lost. There's no charge in the way two people look at each other anymore; no sense of ambition; no motivation, even. Desire has left the Deuce.
September 11, 2019
Another expert meditation on corruption and disenfranchisement from Simon, The Deuce hammers home the fact that sex work should be normalized, not demonized.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 11, 2019
In its final season, "The Deuce" leaves the scene with an impressive, bittersweet sense of drama.
September 10, 2019
Everyone has their own camera, but not everybody can make art like Candy can -- or like The Deuce creative team can.
September 9, 2019
It's a great show about work, about the place of the individual within history, and most of all, about the faceless indomitability of money over human affairs.
September 9, 2019
World-building is a topic that tends to come up with science-fiction sagas or fantasy epics, but "The Deuce" is one of the most impressive examples in recent memory.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
September 9, 2019
The Deuce is not a series that hints at many upbeat endings, but from the initial view into its final walk, there's real reason to hope that at the end of all her struggling, Candy's goodbye kiss will be a sweet one.
September 9, 2019
In the end, HBO and the rest of the world at large has once again benefited from handing David Simon and friends a blank check. The Deuce has always had a way of capturing the way life is and the way it should be simultaneously.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
September 7, 2019
The show's third and final season struggles to consistently build gripping stories for its characters to inhabit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 6, 2019
This final, lovely season won't gloss over the nasty, cruel, and devastating parts of the sex industry, but it does let us soak in the finely-aged relationships between its note-perfect characters as they're paved over for new hotels.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.3/10
September 6, 2019
The last eight episodes of the David Simon and George Pelecanos created skin-trade ensemble drama, at least from what I've seen, has a lot of that... high wire craftsmanship and heart that's been beating strong from the very beginning.