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True Detective : Season 1 Episode 3 Reviews

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Tony Sokol
Den of Geek
January 8, 2019

I can watch Woody and Matt's conversations even without the plot. The way they bob and weave, it's like two middleweights.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Britt Hayes
ScreenCrush
June 12, 2018

We're in the third episode now, and this stuff is just getting meatier, like digging into the rarer, juicier bits of the steak at the center.

Chris O'Hara
TV Fanatic
June 16, 2015

So finally we arrived at Reginald LeDoux. The way Rust said his name to the detectives just oozed with intrigue.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Shane Ryan
Paste Magazine
June 16, 2015

And for the third straight episode, True Detective excels in delivering an ending that elicits an extreme motion. In this case, horror.

Full Review | Original Score: 9.7/10
Amy Maloney
Times-Picayune
June 16, 2015

This episode is called "The Locked Room," but it just as easily could have been titled "Life Is But a Nightmare."

Marshall Crook
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic
June 16, 2015

The particulars of this murder mystery continue to prove incidental to the greater story of what happened to these two men, Hart and Cohle, in the intervening years.

Kenny Herzog
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic
June 16, 2015

"The Locked Room," and this also applies to True Detective through three chapters, excelled because it seemed like you're figuring out the whodunit right along with Hart and Cohle in 1995, down to every detail.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Gwilym Mumford
Guardian
Top Critic
June 16, 2015

Even by True Detective's standards, this is a particularly introspective hour of television, but equally it is one that propels the story forward in a way that the show's opening two episodes were unwilling to do.

Maxwell Haddad
The Young Folks
June 16, 2015

There is an argument to be made regarding whether or not this show should be labeled as horror, but there is no doubt in my mind that "The Locked Room" is an extremely scary episode of television.

Jim Vejvoda
IGN Movies
June 16, 2015

Hart's temper and insecurities get the better of him and the hunt for a suspect narrows in this week's engrossing episode of True Detective.

Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Tim Surette
TV.com
June 16, 2015

This show is consuming me.

Alan Sepinwall
HitFix
June 16, 2015

Aside from being a great, and disturbing, showcase for Woody Harrelson (who is unfortunately getting lost in the understandable rush to praise Matthew McConaughey), the most significant element of "The Locked Room" is religion.

Allison Keene
Collider
June 16, 2015

The show's languid pace is always offset by a fantastic cliffhanger, and none more terrifying or suggestive than in "The Locked Room."

Full Review | Original Score: A
Erik Adams
AV Club
Top Critic
June 4, 2015

True Detective is holding back the truth of the matter for the time being. Secret or no secret, that's a hell of a way to pull the viewer into the next episode.

Full Review | Original Score: A-
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