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The Guardian

The Third Day review – will Jude Law make it out alive?

Some housekeeping before we delve into Sky Atlantic’s new offering, The Third Day. The drama is divided into two sections, of three episodes each. The first trio is called Summer, in which a former social worker called Sam (Jude Law) becomes involved with a mysterious, troubled young girl who lives on the even more mysterious, troubled island of Osea. The second is called Winter and stars Naomie Harris as a single mother who brings her two daughters (Nico Parker and Charlotte Gairdner-Mihell) to the same island for a holiday and soon ends up wishing she had sprung for Center Parcs instead.
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'The Third Day' Makes Mysterious But Predictable Promises

A community of strange locals, closed-mouthed about their history and their practices but firmly separated from most of society, is a staple of mystery stories. So is the person who stumbles upon them, fascinated and frightened and seduced by the unknown. That's the basic set-up for The Third Day, a...
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The Ringer

The Creepy Cult of ‘The Third Day’ Feels Uncomfortably Familiar

Islands with inhabitants who have unorthodox religious practices get a pretty bad rap in pop culture. From The Wicker Man—the original film from 1973, not the Nic Cage version with the bees—to Netflix’s criminally underseen Apostle, good things rarely happen to outsiders, by which I mean they’re probably going to be used in some kind of arcane ritual sacrifice. (Even if the correlation between burning a virginal police officer and saving dying crops to satisfy pagan gods is, um, a little suspect.)
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The Independent

The Third Day, review: Gory Sky Atlantic drama is stalked by cliche

There’s lots of excitement around The Third Day, which stars Jude Law and will feature a complicated-sounding live theatre element in October. But that buzz of anticipation evaporates remarkably quickly in a dull and baffling first episode that maroons Law on a remote, sinister island brimming with the obligatory creepy locals who are just a single entendre away from a Fast Show sketch. Throughout, the going is glum rather than unsettling, dull instead of brooding.

‘The Third Day’ Review: Jude Law’s HBO Mystery Works Best as a Religious Fever Dream

“The Third Day” takes a familiar story — a lost man, a mysterious island, an eccentric group of locals — and dresses it up to the nines. With starry leads Jude Law and Naomie Harris providing committed turns and an ambitious structure that breaks its story into three “seasons” — the first three episodes are “Summer,” starring Law; the last three are “Winter,” starring Harris; and in the middle is “Fall” — a live 12-hour online experience termed a “theatrical event.” HBO’s latest limited series fights to be formally experimental at every turn, but its core narrative is a tad too predictable for its pedigree. Fans of creepy mysteries, potent atmospherics, and anyone in this sterling cast should be satisfied, but few will be blown away by how it unfolds.

The Third Day Premiere Recap: Island

The Third Day doesn’t star Jude Law so much as Jude Law’s face. Expressive, careworn, and, in the words of The Young Pope, “incredibly handsome,” Jude Law’s face weaves in and out of focus as he makes a frantic phone call to his wife while in a panic over a burglary at his office (which winds up costing him 40,000 pounds meant to bribe an official). Jude Law’s face peers through the windshield of his car, mouth slightly agape with concentration as he wends his way across a twisty, waterlogged causeway. Jude Law’s face is swollen with the tears of uncontrolled grief. Jude Law’s face stares with narrowed, disgusted eyes at the carcass of a brightly colored cricket stuffed with dozens if not hundreds of tiny black beetles. Jude Law’s face beams with boozy delight as he and his fellow pub patrons, thrown together by circumstance, party the night away. Jude Law’s face stares at itself in the mirror, all the fun of the evening drained out of it as he realizes just how lost he is emotionally, let alone physically. Using a script by series co-creator (with Felix Barrett) Dennis Kelly, director Marc Munden knows what an incredible instrument his leading actor has, and he composes the whole episode around it like a symphony.

'The Third Day': The True Story Behind the HBO Series

The Third Day is HBO's latest chiller, set on a mysterious island called Osea which is the home of a cult-like sect that mixes Christianity with worship of a Celtic war god. The series stars Jude Law, Naomie Harris and Katherine Waterston, who are set to learn about the strange world of the British island over six episodes and a live theatrical broadcast.

‘The Third Day’ review: Jude Law’s inventive mystery drama from the team behind ‘Utopia’

If there’s one thing that film and TV history teaches us, it’s that strangers visiting remote communities is not a good idea. The Wicker Man, Netflix‘s Apostle, Midsommar – there are no happy endings here. Sky-HBO co-production The Third Day, starring Jude Law and Naomie Harris, is the next big-budget project to adopt the premise – and the results are mixed.
Detroit News

Review: With 'The Third Day,' HBO offers a trip to nightmare island

A fever dream rush of a show, “The Third Day” is puzzle TV in which the pieces eventually, and somewhat surprisingly, all fit. Things revolve, at least for the first three of the show’s six episodes, around Sam (Jude Law). He’s a grieving father who has returned to a woodsy site where his young son was murdered to mark a mournful anniversary when he hears a nearby commotion. He rushes through the woods to find a teenage girl hanging herself. Managing to stop her suicide he then offers to drive the girl home, obviously hoping to get her help.
Washington Post

What to watch on Monday: ‘The Third Day’ on HBO

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Business Insider

HBO's new mystery series, 'The Third Day,' will feature a unique live episode — here's how to watch on HBO Max

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Hollywood Reporter

'The Third Day': TV Review

Well-acted and structurally interesting, but excessively familiar. TWITTER. Jude Law and Naomie Harris star in an HBO limited series about family trauma, an island with weird religious practices and the evocative beauty of a causeway. In 1903, Frederick Nicholas Charrington, who forsook a lucrative fortune to dedicate his life to...
The Guardian

The Third Day: Jude Law skulks around this sinister, artfully created curio

Split into three parts, with one performed as a live theatrical event, this woozy drama, set on an island in Essex, feels like event TV. Hard to do sinister well, isn’t it? Scary’s easy: a child with blackened teeth flashes for a second in the reflection of a bathroom cabinet: done. Suspense is a simple trick, too: violins pulled to high tension in the background while five people exchange meaningful looks. But “sinister” is tough: the fine balance of Things Happening against a backdrop of high-intensity normal, so the Things Happening judder against the normality and the normality is rendered strange by the presence of Things Happening.