Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: Curt Wagner
    Aug 28, 2013
    It gets darker, scarier and more captivating with each episode as Luther matches wits with killers and cops alike.
  2. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Aug 20, 2013
    Elba has been fantastic at every step, taking Cross' wonderful writing it and giving it even more dimensions. Pretty much every character that walks into this miniseries has given a virtuoso performance.... Season three never disappoints even when you kind of recoil, as a viewer, at the evil that has landed in Luther’s already complicated life.
  3. 90
    Brilliantly written, with stunning performances, this will be Luther's final year on TV.
  4. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Aug 29, 2013
    Luther embodies almost everything that's refreshing about the traditional British crime drama.
  5. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Sep 3, 2013
    All charisma and command, [Idris Elb] blasts through the screen in every shot while his performance is a constant reminder that the craft, at its best, is a gossamer of countless little details that add up to something magical.
  6. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Sep 3, 2013
    While each night delivers some terrifically tense scenes, series creator Neil Cross’ scripts for nights three and four suffer from some flimsy foreshadowing and serve up slight characterizations of Luther’s antagonists.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 63 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Sep 3, 2013
    Jaw dropping. The best series of the best show ever made. My only problem is that there isn't going to be another series. With a bit of luck, they'll listen to the fans and carry on making this excellent show. Full Review »
  2. Jul 24, 2013
    Just finished the series and all I'm left with is pure joy. The finale from this season was one of the most uplifting and clever episodes i saw in the history of TV. I'm not spoiling here but there will be the one and other surprise for the audience. The progression of this series is a huge one and fans from the first two series will not be disappointed! Go see this! Full Review »
  3. Aug 10, 2013
    Not as strong as the first two seasons, with the first two episodes deviating from what made the first two seasons of Luther great by having a heavy focus on horror, which I found ineffective and at times, cheesy. However, the final two episodes, although still feeling different from the first two seasons, are still great in their own right and save this season. Full Review »