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Three Kings Reviews

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Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine

A fatuous exercise that takes its exciting premise and poisons it with boring characters, lifeless performances, and a general directorial stupidity.

Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine | Original Score: D

January 1, 2000
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

The overall shallowness of Three Kings is especially regrettable since so much genuine talent has gone into the picture.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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Though Russell is most impressive for his writing and his immensely witty direction of actors, Three Kings begins by placing its emphasis firmly elsewhere.

| Original Score: 2/5

January 1, 2000
D.K. Holm
Cinemonkey

About mid-way through the film, when Mark Wahlberg is taken hostage by the 'bad guys,' Three Kings becomes heat struck, stupefied by its earnestly expressed ideas.

Full Review Source: Cinemonkey

January 1, 2000
Susan Stark
Detroit News
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Artsy style overpowers message in Three Kings.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Mike Antonucci
San Jose Mercury News
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Director David O. Russell, who also wrote the screenplay, couldn't separate what's visually ingenious from what's merely visually curious.

January 1, 2000
Andrew Manning
Radio Free Entertainment

This is one of the biggest play-it-safe Hollywood war movies ever made...

| Original Score: 3/10

January 1, 2000
Tom Block
culturevulture.net

After wooing the likes of Hawks, Peckinpah, and Pontecorvo, 'Three Kings' decides in the end to go steady with Ron Howard.

Full Review Source: culturevulture.net

September 18, 2001
Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine

Three Kings is both entertaining and engaging as it reopens closed history books.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine

January 1, 2000
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Three Kings mightn't be the best thought-out or most reassuring movie of the year, but the more I think about it, the more I'm sure that it is one of the best.

Full Review | Original Score: 89/100

June 28, 2009
Stephen Himes
Film Snobs

A map that leads as near to the Iraqi heart as we can find in American movies.

Full Review Source: Film Snobs | Original Score: 4.5/5

April 7, 2003
Roger Ebert
At the Movies
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It has the freedom and recklessness of Oliver Stone or Robert Altman in their mad-dog days, and a visual style that hungers for impact.

Full Review Source: At the Movies | Original Score: 4/4

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Interesting and occasionally exhilarating.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
James Rocchi
Netflix

Gulf War action-drama with heart, brains and guts falls just short of greatness.

Full Review Source: Netflix | Original Score: 4.5/5

November 7, 2002
Kevin Lally
Film Journal International

...very stylish, often surreally funny, and actually contains sound criticisms of American foreign policy...

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

January 1, 2000
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com

One of the most entertaining war movies of the past 20 years.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 10/10

January 1, 2000

It's amazing how much action can be crammed into a movie about a war where most soldiers didn't actually see any action. Three Kings has its fair share of shootouts, none that are merely squeezed in for guilty pleasures. Every shot fired is motivated by c

Full Review Source: AskMen.com | Original Score: 94/100

April 9, 2009
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons

Ithis is a career making movie, then its writer/director David O. Russell who deserves the credit with this very creative effort from the debut filmmaker.

Full Review Source: Dark Horizons

July 6, 2010
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com

Kind of cynical, really -- but maybe that's what a '90s film about a '90s war should be.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: B-

January 1, 2000
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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The first Hollywood feature to take on the 1991 Gulf War, Three Kings does so in an impudently comic, stylistically aggressive and, finally, very thoughtful manner.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 1, 2000
Andrew Howe
Film Written Magazine

It's a breath of fresh air, but there's not enough to fill the room.

Full Review Source: Film Written Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 2, 2001
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper
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Irish Times

January 1, 2000

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
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