Umbrella Academy Season 3 Reviews Praise Bonkers But Heartfelt Story

Reviews for The Umbrella Academy season 3 are in, and they are praising another brilliant installment of Netflix's hit superhero series. Based on the comic book of the same name written by My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way and illustrated by Gabriel Bá, The Umbrella Academy was created for Netflix by Fargo's Steve Blackman and developed by television by Moon Knight head writer Jeremy Slater. The series centers on a dysfunctional family of adopted superhero siblings who reunite to solve the mystery of their father's death and save the world from an impending apocalypse.

Elliot Page leads the ensemble cast of The Umbrella Academy alongside Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher, Cameron Britton, Justin H. Min, Ritu Arya, Adam Godley, and Colm Feore. The first season premiered on Netflix in 2019 and quickly become one of the streamer's flagship series, with strong ratings carrying it to a season 3 renewal in November 2020. Like many films and television shows from around that time, production of Umbrella Academy season 3 was greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Now, ahead of The Umbrella Academy season 3's release on June 22, the first batch of reviews are here, and they are praising another brilliant installment of the series. At the time of writing, season 3 has a 90% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which is sure to fluctuate as more reviews come in. But at the current time, it would be difficult to find someone who hasn't enjoyed Umbrella Academy season 3 with critics calling it "another brilliantly bonkers instalment" that is "jam packed with action and drama." Check out what the critics are saying below:

Mae Abdulbaki, Screen Rant

Season 3 doesn’t fully come together, once again providing more questions than answers, but it remains an enjoyable — if muddled — adventure.

Alex Stedman, IGN

The Umbrella Academy Season 3 may take a few episodes to find its footing, but give it time and it eventually ends up doing what it does best: building on the character development of the Hargreeves siblings and their relationships between one another.

Jenna Scherer, AV Club

The Umbrella Academy does a heroic job of balancing its massive ensemble—but this time around, it’s a little too big.

Nate Richard, Collider

Season 3 blends together the moodiness of Season 1 with the brisk-pacing, bizarro nature, and enormous heart of Season 2. In fact, the third season of The Umbrella Academy may just be the most emotional and personal season yet.

Spencer Perry, ComicBook

This season might be the weakest of the three, yet it remains a wholly entertaining series that is unlike anything else being produced on television. It's a shame that Netflix doesn't want the world to enjoy it to its fullest potential.

Tessa Smith, Mama's Geeky

With a whole new family with new powers to get to know, this season is jam packed with action and drama. In true The Umbrella Academy fashion, the end of the season doesn’t feel like an ending at all, but rather a beginning for season four.

Nicola Austin, We Have a Hulk

The Umbrella Academy season three is another brilliantly bonkers instalment, pairing the trademark dysfunctional-yet-touching family dynamics with fantastic fight sequences & another banging soundtrack.

Sherin Nicole,

The talent it takes to balance the varying tones and madness of The Umbrella Academy is vast. And then there is such tenderness, so much love that bleeds but glows at the precipice of disaster.

David Opie, Digital Spy

Season three is still a lot of fun and absolutely worth your time. Just don't listen to any rumours that suggest these new episodes improve on what's come before.

Tara Bennett, Paste Magazine

The writers seem happy to undercut their big turns and moves without really mining them for their full emotional worth.

It's no surprise that Umbrella Academy season 3 is being showered with praise. The show has consistently been a massive hit with critics, with season 1 carrying a 76% rating on Rotten Tomatoes followed by season 2's 91%, and the latest season seems primed to keep pace with season 2. Netflix's adaptation has been praised for everything from its time travel storytelling to its character development and similarities to Marvel Comics' X-Men series and DC's Doom Patrol. Netflix's Umbrella Academy has also been nominated for a total of 6 Primetime Emmys, though it has surprisingly never won the award.

Based on the first batch of reviews, it seems that Umbrella Academy season 3 succeeds in continuing to ratchet up the action and drama while still maintaining everything that makes the superhero series so beloved. In fact, many are calling the new season the most touching and emotionally resonant yet. Now that the critics have voiced their opinion loud and clear, it will be interesting to see what general audiences think about The Umbrella Academy season 3 when it premieres on Netflix in one week.

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