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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
Ray Fisher
as Henry Hays
Phoenix Elkin
as Will Purcell
Rhys Wakefield
as Freddy Burns
Lena McCarthy
as Julie Purcell
Josh Hopkins
as Jim Dobkins
Colin Farrell
as Ray Velcoro
Deborah Ayorinde
as Becca Hays
Shawn-Caulin Young
as Ted LaGrange
Scott McNairy
as Tom Purcell
Vince Vaughn
as Frank Semyon
Emily Nelson
as Margarete
Brandon Flynn
as Ryan Peters
Jon Tenney
as Alan Jones
Rachel McAdams
as Ani Bezzerides
Taylor Kitsch
as Paul Woodrugh
Michael Graziadei
as Dan O'Brien
Christopher Baker
as Blake Churchman
Brett Cullen
as Gerald Kindt
Sarah Gadon
as Elisa Montgomery
Afemo Omilami
as Holloway
James Frain
as Kevin Burris
Woody Harrelson
as Martin Hart
Kevin Dunn
as Ken Quesada
Michelle Monaghan
as Maggie Hart
Alexandra Daddario
as Lisa Tragnetti
Tory Kittles
as Det. Thomas Papania
Michael Potts
as Det. Maynard Gilbough
Elizabeth Reaser
as Laurie Perkins
Jay O. Sanders
as Billy Lee Tuttle
Brad Carter
as Charlie
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All Critics (90) | Top Critics (37)

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 | Full Review…

[Mahershala Ali's] take on Hays enhances rather than overwhelms a story intriguing enough to justify the show's 35-year timeline.

December 13, 2019 | Full Review…

A thin story spread over a lot of hours, but Ali is excellent and so is his support.

December 13, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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 13, 2019 | Full Review…

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.

November 22, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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.

February 14, 2019 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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