True Detective : Season 3 Reviews

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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-
January 14, 2019
Whatever the outcome of the Purcell case, expect it to involve someone who simply cannot let go of what's come before - both in the context of the story's universe, as well as the larger narrative of the creative mind weaving the True Detective tale.
January 14, 2019
Yet again "True Detective," after a drawn-out hiatus, capitalizes heavily on atmosphere, artistry and the celebrity aura of its star players, at times focusing more emphatically on this garb than the integrity of its narrative skeleton.
January 14, 2019
True Detective falls prey to a slightly milder case of misogyny than afflicted it in season one.
January 14, 2019
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
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.
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 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.
January 28, 2019
True Detective's third season is progressing pretty nicely. The mystery is spooky and involving while not overly reliant on shocks and switchbacks, and it has enough emotional hooks to elevate it beyond the basic whodunnit.
January 25, 2019
Ali's powerful performance is backed up by those of Carmen Ejogo, who plays his wife Amelia, and Stephen Dorff , who is his partner Roland.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 24, 2019
Fans who have stuck around will be pleased to find that True Detective season three mostly returns to form.
January 22, 2019
Detailed, suggestive, just confusing enough, True Detective has made itself an active investigation once again.
January 18, 2019
Ali plays [Wayne] magnetically; you cannot look away.
January 18, 2019
From a spirit laden community centre to a woodland pedophile campsite to the dark interior of Hays' mind, it's a brooding gem.
January 14, 2019
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 11, 2019
Ali's performance is an example of what the show can be, but the third season as a whole remains as a disappointing reminder of what was.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
January 11, 2019
True Detective has returned to its essence, just not with the same dazzling, controversial force.
January 11, 2019
It's an ambitious and imperfect work, beautiful and corny, believable and less believable by turns. I recommend it, with advisories.
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