True Detective : Season 3 Reviews

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December 13, 2019
True Detective returns to past glories judging by the opening two episodes of its third season, with new leading man Mahershala Ali proving just about enough to revitalize the familiar formula.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 13, 2019
Season three powers through with wonderfully dense visuals, a layered story and an absolute powerhouse performance by Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 13, 2019
I just wanted a moment when the characters caught their breath and didn't feel like they were part of an overly-scripted machine. Now, having said that, this is still engaging, dark, complex material, anchored by a great performance from Ali.
December 13, 2019
[Mahershala Ali's] take on Hays enhances rather than overwhelms a story intriguing enough to justify the show's 35-year timeline.
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December 13, 2019
A thin story spread over a lot of hours, but Ali is excellent and so is his support.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 13, 2019
Fans will eat this season up, and for good reason. It's smart, it's intriguing, and there's a dreary atmosphere that can best be credited to director Jeremy Saulnier
December 13, 2019
The season had its moments, but it felt more like a vehicle for delivering a type of experience than a discrete story divided into eight installments. What's good about this show is almost entirely eclipsed by what doesn't work.
December 13, 2019
The criteria by which Season 3 should be judged is whether Pizzolatto lived up to his aspirations as an investigator of human nature. Really, he made a mildly engaging muddle.
December 12, 2019
Season three, which ought to be a fitting final chapter in the True Detective anthology, ended with a meditation on time and memory lost, love elusive and gained, beginnings and endings beside the point.
December 12, 2019
Come for the unravelling Arkansas mystery - but stay for the mesmerising tour de force that is Mahershala Ali and you won't be disappointed by this latest outing.
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November 23, 2019
I thought "True Detective" was dead in 2015 after a disastrous second season starring Colin Farrell. But there's life in this show yet, so long as the story's tied to a mesmerizing performance by a master actor playing a singular character.
May 3, 2019
Ali isn't in every scene in True Detective; it just seems like it. The show is Ali's masterpiece, and the third season is the best installment since it premiered five years ago to excessive praise.
March 30, 2019
True Detective deftly handles race, but once again leaves its women behind.
March 7, 2019
With Mahershala Ali at the fore, True Detective has become compelling viewing once again.
March 4, 2019
'True Detective' returns to its roots and then develops its own voice. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
February 28, 2019
Mahershala Ali is the most notable thing about this third season that desperately tries to imitate the first season. [Full Review in Spanish]
February 14, 2019
Season Three of True Detective doesn't have quite the pulling power of the first go-around, in which McConaughey's revelatory performance immediately jumped off the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
February 13, 2019
Featuring a case that jumps around like a jack-rabbit, look like a return to form.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 4, 2019
"Time is a flat circle" be damned - with Pizzolatto showing a bit more restraint, audiences get something straightforward, but filled with enough twists and turns to keep us on the edge of our seats.
January 28, 2019
Ali's character, Detective Wayne Hays, a Vietnam vet, a loner with a suspicious nature, is another of Ali's indelible characterizations, an absolute must-see.
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