• Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 10, 1999
Season #: 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
Metascore
97

Universal acclaim - based on 25 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 25
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 25
  3. Negative: 0 out of 25

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Critic Reviews

  1. Cleveland Plain Dealer
    Reviewed by: Mark Dawidziak
    Jul 19, 2013
    100
    HBO made four of the 13 new episodes available for review. Taken as a whole, they stand as compelling proof that the series' creator and executive producer, David Chase, still is in complete control of the brilliantly constructed crime saga. [4 Mar 2001]
  2. Philadelphia Inquirer
    Reviewed by: Jonathan Storm
    Jul 19, 2013
    100
    The [first episode], along with two other episodes sent to critics, dispels any of last year's feeling that The Sopranos was losing a little steam. They demonstrate a constant ability to surprise. [4 Mar 2001]
  3. San Diego Union-Tribune
    Reviewed by: Robert P. Laurence
    Jul 19, 2013
    100
    It's apparent that "The Sopranos" is back in top form. [2 Mar 2001]
  4. Washington Post
    Reviewed by: Tom Shales
    Jul 19, 2013
    100
    The show is as darkly gleeful as ever, shrewdly and even elegantly put together and, in a way that perhaps no other TV drama series has ever been, troublingly seductive and irresistible. [3 Mar 2001]
  5. Kansas City Star
    Reviewed by: Aaron Barnhart
    Jul 19, 2013
    100
    It is a show driven not so much by story line as by story telling. We may never have seen a TV program so adept at painting brilliant little vignettes that have nothing to do with anything except the sheer pleasure of watching a scene unfold or hearing pitch-perfect dialogue. [3 Mar 2001]
  6. Reviewed by: Howard Rosenberg
    Jul 19, 2013
    100
    "The Sopranos" remains the elitist of the elite. ... Competing against its shimmery self, and the lofty expectations it creates, "The Sopranos" resurfaces once more as a superbly written and executed hybrid of popular entertainment and high art, offering up its own Golden Age of TV.
  7. Reviewed by: Caryn James
    Jul 19, 2013
    100
    Display[s] more wit, emotion, humanity and brutality than ever. Even measured against insanely high expectations, the series is as good as it has ever been.
  8. Detroit Free Press
    Reviewed by: Mike Duffy
    Jul 19, 2013
    100
    "The Sopranos," even as series creator David Chase changes pace this season from power struggles to family matters, is still as good as television gets: wonderfully written, superbly acted, always unpredictable. [2 Mar 2001]
  9. Houston Chronicle
    Reviewed by: Ann Hodges
    Jul 19, 2013
    100
    Forget the sags and disappointments of last year. For season three, creator and producer David Chase gets it right again. [3 Mar 2001]
  10. The Hollywood Reporter
    Reviewed by: Barry Garron
    Jul 19, 2013
    100
    The series became an instant TV landmark because of its riveting stories, wonderfully drawn characters, superb acting and intelligent direction. If anything, the new season emphasizes these traits even more, as it probes the fascinating and usually emotionally charged relationships inside and outside the Soprano family. [2 Mar 2001]
  11. Arizona Republic
    Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Jul 19, 2013
    100
    TV's greatest show. [4 Mar 2001]
  12. Baltimore Sun
    Reviewed by: David Zurawik
    Jul 19, 2013
    100
    In its first season, I thought it was the best cop drama on television. Last year, I thought it was the best drama - period. What's left, the best series in American television? It almost goes without saying. [3 Mar 2001]
  13. Boston Globe
    Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Jul 19, 2013
    100
    Extraordinary. [2 Mar 2001]
  14. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Steve Johnson
    Jul 19, 2013
    100
    Continues to test traditional notions of television heroism, upend conventional storytelling rhythms and deliver its thematic points and comic payoffs with a revolutionary subtlety. [4 Mar 2001]
  15. New York Daily News
    Reviewed by: Eric Mink
    Jul 19, 2013
    100
    [The first episodes] offer the thrilling combination of provocative drama, bawdy comedy and ingenious production that has become the show's signature feature. [2 Mar 2001]
  16. San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    Reviewed by: Charlie McCollum
    Jul 19, 2013
    100
    "The Sopranos" has renewed and refreshed its ability to surprise. [4 Mar 2001]
  17. Variety
    Reviewed by: Phil Gallo
    Jul 19, 2013
    100
    "The Sopranos" retains the title of the most involving series on television and James Gandolfini continues to be a powerhouse of a performer. [2 Mar 2001]
  18. Reviewed by: Terry Kelleher
    Jun 27, 2013
    100
    The Sopranos is better than ever.
  19. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Jun 13, 2013
    100
    The new Sopranos is as good as it's ever been -- ruthlessly emotional, cuttingly funny and frightening.
  20. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jul 19, 2013
    90
    "The Sopranos" returns in better form this year than it did at the start of its second season. New territory is explored and Chase seems more willing to push the Soprano story forward. [2 Mar 2001]
  21. Dallas Morning News
    Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Jul 19, 2013
    90
    Some of the edge is off and the buzz isn't quite what it was. [4 Mar 2001]
  22. Denver Post
    Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Jul 19, 2013
    90
    The series remains smarter and funnier than most anything on television. ... But be forewarned: the 'Sopranos' season starts slowly and a bit unevenly. [4 Mar 2001]
  23. Chicago Sun-Times
    Reviewed by: Phil Rosenthal
    Jul 19, 2013
    88
    It is nearly impossible for [The Sopranos] to match expectations, which may be why it doesn't. ... The series has grown coarser, more base. [28 Feb 2001]
  24. Orlando Sentinel
    Reviewed by: Hal Boedeker
    Jul 19, 2013
    80
    The show steadfastly avoids romanticizing characters who are repellent, violent and selfish, and it offers a dark, unsparing vision of family life. [4 Mar 2001]
  25. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Jul 19, 2013
    75
    While Sopranos remains one of TV's high-water marks, the first hour hits that mark so slowly you may find yourself wishing Chase were operating under just a tiny bit of network time pressure. [2 Mar 2001]
User Score
9.4

Universal acclaim- based on 209 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 4 out of 209
  1. Oct 14, 2011
    6
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. Season 3 of The Sopranos fails to take it out of the rutt that its been stuck in since season 2. The show really lacks that hard hitting story telling that the first season had. While the acting in the show is great, It really has nothing else going for it at this point.

    This season was pretty much a build up season to kill Jackie Jr (much like they did Big Pus in season 2 when they found out he was a rat and they killed him off in the season finale). The show repeats all that happened in the previous seasons (Tony cheating on his wife, Junior dealing with legal problems and stomach cancer, AJ acting up, Meadow's failed relationships) Its all the same stuff just re-told.

    The show also lacks a good villian and ,imo, that its the huge downfall of the show. You are constantly re-told the same stories over and over again with different variations but the show really lacks that antagonist that could cause trouble for Tony. I thought that it would be Ralph ,who isnt that bad of a character and imo would be a great villian if they had written him that way, but in the end it turned out it wasnt.

    While the show is slightly better then the previous season, The Sopranos has failed to deliver once again.
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  2. Mar 11, 2021
    10
    Mr. Ruggerio's Neighborhood B+.
    Proshai Livushka B+. Fortunate Son B+.
    Employee Of The Month A. Another Toothpick B+. University B+. Second
    Mr. Ruggerio's Neighborhood B+.
    Proshai Livushka B+. Fortunate Son B+.
    Employee Of The Month A. Another Toothpick B+.
    University B+. Second Opinion B+. He Is Risen B+.
    The Telltale Moozadell B.
    To Save Us All From Satan's Power B+.
    Pine Barrens A. Amour Fou A. Army Of One A.
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  3. Aug 5, 2020
    10
    Following the 'disappearance' of Richie Aprile and the return of Ralph Cifaretto, who soon starts making moves within the family, tensionsFollowing the 'disappearance' of Richie Aprile and the return of Ralph Cifaretto, who soon starts making moves within the family, tensions between him and Tony began to rise. Meanwhile Tony must also deal with family issues as Meadow begins her first year at Columbia University, and Anthony Jr has ever increasing behaviour issues at school.

    During it’s six seasons on air The Sopranos was always one of the best shows on TV, and with episodes such as Employee of the Month and Pine Barrens season three is my personal favourite. Drama doesn’t come much better than this…
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