3-Iron Reviews

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Jan Stuart
Newsday
April 28, 2005
Artful and engrossing, but the hero's insolent silences get to be a pain.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
April 29, 2005
Raises questions that are more frustrating than provocative.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
May 20, 2005
Moves from a strangely spiritual reality to a really strange spirituality -- and leaves its best parts behind.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly
May 12, 2005
| Original Score: 2/4
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
April 15, 2005
The attention Kim pays to the spirit world is obsessive and alluring, but his view of flesh-and-blood women and victimhood is still a problem.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ed Park
Village Voice
April 26, 2005
The change in tone, from swiftly destabilizing drama to outright fantasy, feels less like Kim provocatively switching gears, and more like he's painted himself into a corner.
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
April 28, 2005
As repellent and repellently opportunistic a piece of work as the various shock-horror provocations that helped to launch [Ki-Duk's] worrisome career.
James Verniere
Boston Herald
May 6, 2005
I was bored half to death by it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
May 20, 2005
What is meant to be profoundly puzzling can start to seem just theatrically silly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
May 20, 2005
It's really a point of departure, though, toward bloodier precincts.
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
June 10, 2005
The quirkiness does get a little tiresome, even though director Kim Ki-duk and cinematographer Jang Seung-beck are able to capture some eerily beautiful images.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

E! Online
April 29, 2005
This Korean import boasts good performances and lovely imagery, but it all feels a bit gimmicky.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
June 17, 2005
Wings of Desire ... in reverse
Full Review | Original Score: A
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
May 19, 2005
This enigmatic and in some ways maddening motion picture has the power to haunt every viewer it reaches.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
June 8, 2005
You realize that you've been more hypnotized than intellectually involved. The movie is nothing like a think piece, just a clever diversion, like a glossy action movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
April 29, 2005
A lovely and sublime romantic drama; sometimes strange, but always riveting
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 12, 2005
Their speechlessness gives this love story a ghostly, unsettling vibe, depriving us of a key way we usually get to know movie characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
July 2, 2007
3-Iron matches apparent simplicity to a beguiling inscrutability and ends with the most beautifully bizarre menage a trois to have been seen since Takashi Miike's Gozu.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
August 30, 2006
...μεθυστικοί ρυθμοί και εκκωφαντικές σιωπές...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
April 18, 2005
Captures raw realities about modern life while telling a genuinely touching romance using virtually no dialog.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
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David Jenkins
Time Out
August 16, 2007
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Boston Phoenix
May 7, 2005
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 5, 2005
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Time Out
July 14, 2005
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Hollywood Reporter
August 30, 2005
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AV Club
September 26, 2005

Sydney Morning Herald
August 11, 2006
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