True Detective : Season 3 Reviews

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Top Critic
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.
March 7, 2019
With Mahershala Ali at the fore, True Detective has become compelling viewing once again.
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 18, 2019
Ali plays [Wayne] magnetically; you cannot look away.
January 15, 2019
This is often a one-man show for Ali, sometimes wearing prosthetics to make him old, grey and suffering from dementia, and he is terrific in all three timelines.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 15, 2019
In the end, this is a decent, serviceable thriller, nasty enough to give the impression of not flinching away from the darkest natures of its characters, and sufficiently gripping to ensure that viewers should keep on watching.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
Top Critic
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.
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.
January 11, 2019
This is a script determinedly dedicated to the slow reveal. But it is also one alive with passion and a mordant wit.
January 11, 2019
Despite the shadowy distractions, "True Detective" is a solid procedural led by a faceted leading performance.
January 11, 2019
What elevates it are the brooding atmosphere and Ali's magnetic performance, from his dogged pursuit of the facts in his younger days to his convincing vulnerability in his elderly ones.
January 11, 2019
Three seasons in, it's clear what "True Detective" is: a platinum-cast anthology of moody crime stories in which familiar cops with familiar demons chase familiar devils.
January 10, 2019
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.
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