• Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 5, 2015
Season #: 3, 2, 1
Metascore
90

Universal acclaim - based on 26 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 26
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 26
  3. Negative: 0 out of 26
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  1. Reviewed by: Jeff Korbelik
    Mar 13, 2017
    100
    It’s stark, harsh and sometimes difficult to watch. It’s also some of the best-made television, dramatizing real-life issues that are as eye-opening as a slap across the face.
  2. Reviewed by: Emily VanDerWerff
    Mar 13, 2017
    100
    The third season of the anthological miniseries, which debuts Sunday, March 12, is nothing short of breathtaking in the way it attempts to show every single level of economic comfort--or lack thereof--in and around a small North Carolina farming community. From migrant workers to big wheels in agribusiness, the season covers them all.
  3. 100
    I’m grateful that a series like this one exists in the first place. That it’s so intelligently written and shot and thoughtfully acted is a marvelous bonus.
  4. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Mar 9, 2017
    100
    Another brilliant, powerful, moving season of one of TV’s best.
  5. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Mar 8, 2017
    100
    Each character, each interpersonal relationship is exquisitely nuanced, realistically detailed and fully unpredictable. ... In the four episodes made available to critics, John Ridley again proves that great television isn’t to be found only on cable and streaming platforms.
  6. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Mar 8, 2017
    100
    The writing strikes a masterful balance between the general issues afflicting America and the individual characters, each so specific and relatable.
  7. Entertainment Weekly
    Reviewed by: Jeff Jensen
    Mar 6, 2017
    100
    Every story in this constantly evolving season is a gripping winner. [10 Mar 2017, p.58]
  8. TV Guide Magazine
    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Mar 2, 2017
    100
    Incredibly timely and powerful drama. [6-19 Mar 2017, p.21]
  9. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Mar 9, 2017
    91
    The starkest and grimmest yet with its depictions of migrant worker and teen girl trafficking. ... So as with When We Rise, applause, applause--even if it sometimes feels like one hand clapping.
  10. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Mar 13, 2017
    90
    American Crime may not leave you with much to interpret, but it always offers plenty to talk about.
  11. Reviewed by: Melanie McFarland
    Mar 13, 2017
    90
    Outstanding on all fronts--acting, cinematography and script are all top-notch--but it happens to be unrelentingly depressing as well.
  12. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Mar 9, 2017
    90
    It’s a compelling but also consistently depressing series, and, in its lack of gloss, unlike anything else on the prime time schedule. It’s not going to help matters that this season has exchanged some of American Crime’s clarity for more cloudiness, which I’m sure is Ridley’s intent.
  13. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Mar 9, 2017
    90
    The third season of ABC's outstanding American Crime manages to sidestep well-worn arguments about immigration and other hot-button topics with a set of compelling, interlocking stories that challenge viewers to see in new ways the people we so often manage not to see at all--migrant workers, teenage prostitutes, and opioid addicts--while giving a voice to others, like family farmers and small business owners, who have reason, too, to feel ignored.
  14. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Mar 9, 2017
    90
    The new episodes deftly bring its many stories together with as much righteous anger as artistry, I felt a tingle in a part of my brain that has largely laid dormant since my days as a TV tourist in West Baltimore.
  15. Reviewed by: Joseph Hernandez
    Mar 7, 2017
    90
    What’s most striking about American Crime’s cocktail of hot topic themes is how well they blend into one another. The show takes its time in setting up each story layer by layer until one bleeds into the other proving how ultimately, it’s all part of the same flawed machine. This patience in storytelling is its greatest strength, as it also allows characters to have good and bad moments--to be human.
  16. Reviewed by: Gail Pennington
    Mar 10, 2017
    88
    American Crime is not just important and intelligent but also completely absorbing. It demands our full attention (put down the magazine and ignore Facebook) and in return gives us plenty to think about.
  17. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Mar 13, 2017
    83
    It’s like attempting to empty the ocean with a bucket. But this season of“American Crime makes the case if you aren’t trying, you’re the problem.
  18. Reviewed by: Tom Long
    Mar 10, 2017
    83
    There are slight miscues--Kimara’s attempts to become pregnant seem a distraction--but this very busy boat stays upright and moves forward, shifting just enough to stay interesting.
  19. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Mar 24, 2017
    80
    While American Crime surely is an impassioned and clear-eyed assessment of America’s socio-political dysfunction, the show it reminds me of is HBO’s far more metaphysical The Leftovers, another series questioning the mandate that TV be a good time.
  20. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Mar 13, 2017
    80
    The degree to which you can be moved and involved by American Crime depends on the degree to which the importance of its message and the fine performances of its stars outweigh the show’s often crushing heaviness.
  21. Reviewed by: Lorraine Ali
    Mar 13, 2017
    80
    American Crime artfully follows several different narratives that end up moving through the same obstacle course but with very different outcomes. The buildup is slower here and requires more patience than the last two seasons, partly because this installment of American Crime is more ambitious and covers more terrain.
  22. Reviewed by: Kevin Fallon
    Mar 10, 2017
    80
    American Crime is nothing then if not ambitious. At times perhaps over-ambitious: a pace that’s too slow, a cast of characters too large, and too many points to make to possibly bring them all home. But watching to see which ones do strike you--well, we lied. That actually is fun.
  23. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Mar 10, 2017
    80
    It’s not feel-good television. In the first two seasons it was very good television, and the third season has the elements to become just as compelling.
  24. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Mar 10, 2017
    80
    The latest American Crime doesn't initially feel as strong dramatically as two prior editions, but the central premise -- and the show's underlying approach to explore an issue, sympathetically, through the perspective of disparate characters -- couldn't be timelier.
  25. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Mar 9, 2017
    80
    Yes, the series sometimes grows a bit preachy: This installment, like its predecessors, tends to indulge in extended scenes whose dialogue can sound as if it were from a PBS documentary or a newspaper exposé. But you have to admire the ability of Mr. Ridley and his actors to wrap the earnestness in a compelling package.
  26. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Mar 9, 2017
    67
    Scenes incorporating state laws and statistically relevant studies feel forced, or at least more forced than what’s going on with these farms. Granted, there’s a danger lurking there, too, as back-to-back Emmy nominee Felicity Huffman’s character is in danger of becoming the “white savior” of the series.
User Score
7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 51 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 51
  2. Negative: 10 out of 51
  1. Mar 13, 2017
    10
    'American Crime' is so underrated. This new season promises to deliver even more drama than the previous ones. It's such a skilled TV show'American Crime' is so underrated. This new season promises to deliver even more drama than the previous ones. It's such a skilled TV show that crawls deep inside our skin and leaves us uncomfortable. Full Review »
  2. Mar 17, 2017
    10
    ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! ONE OF THE BEST SHOWS OF THE DECADE! American Crime has proven itself to be as good as the likes of other cable shows andABSOLUTELY AMAZING! ONE OF THE BEST SHOWS OF THE DECADE! American Crime has proven itself to be as good as the likes of other cable shows and raises the bar very very high!! If game of thrones is your best show of the decade, then this might become your second best!. Please watch this gem of a series and you will definitely not regret it. Hope it wins the most EMMYS this year Full Review »
  3. Mar 26, 2017
    9
    It is one of the top 3 shows on American television, and it has some of the worst ratings. Not a surprise in the age of Trump. This showIt is one of the top 3 shows on American television, and it has some of the worst ratings. Not a surprise in the age of Trump. This show should be on cable to have a chance. Putting it on ABC is like "giving jam to pigs". The vast majority of Americans are too dumb. Full Review »