Gotham - Season 3, Episode 20 - Rotten Tomatoes

Heroes Rise: Pretty Hate Machine



Critic Consensus: "Pretty Hate Machine" benefits from a literal countdown to ramp up the tension and a storytelling daffiness that is so crazy it kind of works.

Episode Info

Gordon races against the clock to save the city from the Alice Tetch virus, but Lee Thompkins intercepts with a plan of her own; Alfred sees a big change in Bruce Wayne after his work with the Shaman; and some of Gotham's worst villains band together.


Benjamin McKenzie
as James Gordon
Donal Logue
as Harvey Bullock
David Mazouz
as Bruce Wayne
Morena Baccarin
as Dr. Leslie Thompkins
Sean Pertwee
as Alfred Pennyworth
Robin Lord Taylor
as Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin
Erin Richards
as Barbara Kean
Michael Chiklis
as Capt. Nathaniel Barnes
Camren Bicondova
as Selina Kyle
Cory Michael Smith
as Edward Nigma
Jessica Lucas
as Tabitha Galavan
Chris Chalk
as Lucius Fox
Drew Powell
as Butch Gilzean
Maggie Geha
as Poison Ivy/Ivy Pepper
Benedict Samuel
as Jervis Tetch/Mad Hatter
John Doman
as Carmine Falcone
Jamie Chung
as Valerie Vale
Alexander Siddig
as Ra's Al Ghul
Jada Pinkett Smith
as Fish Mooney
Camila Perez
as Firefly
Raymond J. Barry
as Temple Shaman
Nathan Darrow
as Victor Fries/Mr. Freeze
B.D. Wong
as Hugo Strange
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Critic reviews for Heroes Rise: Pretty Hate Machine

I'm just having trouble looking past the doomsday dirty bomb aspect of Ra's introduction and, you guys, I am so sick of the Tetch virus constantly popping back up.

July 19, 2018 | Full Review…

I have no idea how this season is going to wrap up, but I'm loving the unpredictability and uncertainty heading to the finale.

July 19, 2018 | Rating: 9.5/10 | Full Review…

Gotham jumped off the deep end this hour, and I absolutely love them for it.

May 31, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

"Pretty Hate Machine" was a non-stop hour of action, comic villainy, and absurd fun.

May 30, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

"Pretty Hate Machine" has a lot of storylines going on tonight which is a bit concerning... That being said, I tend to think that Gotham works best when it throws everything at the fan, as long as the craziness is fun, active, and constantly moving.

July 19, 2018 | Full Review…

After last week's epic cliffhanger ending, it appears that Lee is taking a surprising turn in these last few episodes.

May 30, 2017 | Full Review…

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