REVIEW: Sneaky Pete (S03) - Family drama with the crime thrill gets its new epitome in Sneaky Pete.

Amazon Studio’s Sneaky Pete Season 3 continues to excel in depicting a family-con act which more fun and thrilling with ease.

As we know that Season 2 ended on a mysterious note where Julia (Marin Ireland) finds out about Marius (Giovanni Ribisi) using the identity of her cousin brother Pete. Season 3 starts from the same note, where Julia is trying to cast out Pete from the family as she comes to know about his identity and thinks he is dangerous for the family. But things turn south when Julia gets arrested for something she did in the previous season. Pete somehow manages to bail her out. He also starts working with his ex-girlfriend/ former grifter of Marius, Lizzie (Efrat Dor) , who needs his help in executing a big con. Meanwhile, Carly (Libe Barer) is busy in finding the past of her mother. Eventually, Julia and Pete help a man in taking his revenge who is a chump of a con artist in exchange for money and Julia getting a permanent job. And what happens next and how things turn upside down is the season all about.

The show is titled Sneaky Pete but it has never been about Pete alone, each character gets enough time and screen presence to make its space in your mind. And that is what makes this show a great watch. The ease with which this show grabs your attention by portraying confidence of a criminal and drama of a family with consistent misfortunes is commendable. Both these factors combine in surprisingly odd proportions and serve us absolute entertainment. The best thing about this season is that it stays in the prearranged radius of events and tries to excel within that radius, it never goes over the top to achieve a more dramatic or thrilling end. This season has been more about finding the truth about the past of Bowman and Bernhardt family than sticking to the cons of Marius and how he tricks everyone to eventually get what he wants, which actually is overstretched and makes you a bit distracted from the usual rythm of the show but can be overlooked. Even after getting a million chances to take an exit and continue being contortionist Marius stays with the family and helps them and cares about them more than conning anyone, shows us a good side of a criminal and tells how everything is still about a con but it isn’t a con in the actual sense. Also, the character arc of the new addition in the show I.e. Lizzie is quite emotional, dramatic and satisfying.

Strong and flawless performances of all the actors is also a big factor why this show is one of best drama series with ease. With dialogues like “ Well, usually when people ask you to trust them, it means you shouldn’t.” and “Well, a con is in the mind, not the hands.” really sets up a suitable atmosphere for the needed situation. And the songs like “Nothing Has To Be True’ by First Aid Kit and “ Sail With Ease” by Liam Bailey acts like an icing on the cake.

Overall, this season marks an outstanding return.


Acting - 4 / 5.

Direction - 3.5 / 5.

Script - 3.5 / 5.

Cinematography - 3.5 / 5.

Music - 4 / 5.

FINAL VERDICT - 3.5 / 5.