3 Women Reviews

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Michelle Devereaux
The Skinny
July 28, 2015
Altman's signature telephoto framing, omnipresent murals depicting demon-like creatures, and an atonal score add a creeping menace to uncanny California desert settings.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Wendy Ide
Times [UK]
July 16, 2015
The result is remarkable -- a semi-lucid, feverish tale of female relationships that disintegrates into a kind of woozy, oppressive madness.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Michael Sragow
New Yorker
December 15, 2014
Throughout, Duvall is brilliant: she coins a brand-new caricature of the confident yet clueless single female, then suggests a real person underneath.
Melissa Anderson
Artforum
December 9, 2014
The film is rich in brilliant oddities and juxtapositions, never more so than when Duvall and Spacek are encompassed in the same frame.
Dan Jardine
Cinemania
May 20, 2013
Insinuates itself into your skull, and earwig-like proceeds to consume all you thought you knew of ontological security
Full Review | Original Score: 78/100
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com
October 27, 2011
3 Women is definitely a slow burn of a movie, but it's also amazing how well it taps into and visualizes the subconscious. Nothing is spelled out by Altman, who wants the audience to interpret the film's meaning for themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 16, 2011
Absorbing until it crashes in a tiresome manner trying to be too inexplicably symbolic.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
September 6, 2010
The first half...is some of Altman's best stuff. The second half downgrades into rather pretentious and dithering malarkey
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
April 28, 2010
Either a maddening essay in pointlessness, or a deeply involving work that leaves the viewer unnerved and off-balance. Which response occurs depends entirely on the viewer.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 4, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 9, 2005
Like a dream, it is most mysterious and allusive when it appears to be most precise and direct, when its images are of the recognizable world unretouched (as happens in the film from time to time) by camera filters or lab technicians.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 3, 2005
An incisive portrait of psychological alienation.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 5, 2005
I have seen it many times, been through it twice in shot-by-shot analysis, and yet it always seems to be happening as I watch it. Recurring dreams are like that.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
February 18, 2005
Fascinating, elliptical and enigmantic ... authentic Altman. Altman.
| Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 7, 2004
[A] strange, beautiful and funny film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Douglas Pratt
Hollywood Reporter
June 4, 2004
A spectacular artistic success.
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
May 5, 2004
Drawing similarities to the central relationship in Persona, Altman's impressionist work is difficult but, in its own way, sort of perfect.
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
April 28, 2004
[Altman] pushed even harder against the envelope and in the process created a highly unusual and wholly original picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
April 22, 2004
3 Women is a daring piece of cinema that glides along the edge of weirdness and somehow manages not to fall off.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
April 15, 2004
The end result is a film far more reminiscent of Polanski than Altman and stands as one of his most underseen but most compelling works.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Variety
May 16, 2008
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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