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True Detective : Season 3 (2019)




Critic Consensus: Driven by Mahershala Ali's mesmerizing performance, True Detective's third season finds fresh perspective by exploring real world events -- though it loses some of the series' intriguing strangeness along the way.


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1980: Will and Julie Purcell, the children of feuding parents Tom and Lucy Purcell, go missing a week after Halloween in West Finger, Ark. 2015: Retired detective Wayne Hays (Mahershala Ali), who originally investigated the crime, is asked to look back on the twists of the unsolved case with a true-crime documentary producer.


Mahershala Ali
as Wayne Hays
Carmen Ejogo
as Amelia Reardon
Stephen Dorff
as Roland West
Michael Greyeyes
as Brett Woodward
Phoenix Elkin
as Will Purcell
Lena McCarthy
as Julie Purcell
Shawn-Caulin Young
as Ted LaGrange
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Critic Reviews for True Detective : Season 3

All Critics (68) | Top Critics (24)

It is neither as raw and gripping as the series' rookie season nor as structurally unsound as its second. It is good, not great.

January 14, 2019 | Full Review…

Given the cryptic and slow burning nature of the show - creator Nic Pizzolatto and co. are big on holding back key details until the right moment.

January 14, 2019 | Full Review…
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True Detective Season 3 is a little more workmanlike and less baroque, perhaps too eager to prove that it can tell a legible story again.

January 14, 2019 | Full Review…

Despite the shadowy distractions, "True Detective" is a solid procedural led by a faceted leading performance.

January 11, 2019 | Full Review…

I wondered what I would think if neither of the previous seasons had existed, and I realized-I probably wouldn't be thinking about it at all.

January 10, 2019 | Full Review…
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But despite a tremendous lead performance from Mahershala Ali, it doesn't quite reach the heights of Season 1, either. More than anything, it feels unnecessary, hitting the same self-consciously grim notes we've seen plenty of times before.

January 2, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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