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Three of Hearts: A Postmodern Family (2005)



Average Rating: 7/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 1

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Steven, Samantha and Sam together form an amorous threesome, a "mariage-a-trois" of sorts. Their journey takes them from the more humorous and sensational aspects of such a relationship to moments that truly show the depth of their love and commitment to each other.

Apr 4, 2006

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Ends up uncovering some poignant truths about the nature of love, the pressures of commitment and the limits to the compromises we are willing to make for the people we care about.

January 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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An often tender and revealing documentary.

December 2, 2005 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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[A] meaningful exploration of the possibilities and the limits within any relationship.

November 23, 2005 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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The three participants are so banal, their childlike motives so transparently egotistical -- it's not inconceivable that they got together because their first names all begin with s -- you want to shake them.

November 17, 2005 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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The admirably tasteful result is a social study far more suited for the likes of Oprah Winfrey than Jerry Springer.

November 3, 2005
Hollywood Reporter
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That rare documentary whose first half could have been written by Rosie O'Donnell, the second half by Pat Robertson.

October 19, 2005
New York Post
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Documentary as mesmerizing reality show and juicy soap opera combined with enough relevance, skillful storytelling, polish and compelling subjects to make it big-screen-worthy.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Fascination turns into overkill well before that time is exhausted, as we are along with it.

February 10, 2006 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
Cinema Signals

Watching this domestic drama unfold is fascinating, funny and often wrenching.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

Ultimately a tedious and exasperating look at a domestic experiment gone wrong.

November 4, 2005

The missed opportunities are impossible to ignore.

October 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine incredibly comprehensive documentary...

October 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

What is left unsaid becomes the most revealing.

October 19, 2005 Full Review Source:

A menage-a-trois that could shock the majority of red state denizens; intermittently tittilating.

October 10, 2005 Full Review

Audience Reviews for Three of Hearts: A Postmodern Family

[font=Century Gothic]"The Dying Gaul" takes place in 1995. Struggling writer Robert Sandrich(Peter Sarsgaard) has written a script called "The Dying Gaul" which was inspired by his lover Malcolm who had died that year of AIDS. The studio is willing to buy the script for a million dollars but there is a problem. As the studio executive, Jeffrey(Campbell Scott) puts it - the American viewing public does not want to see a movie about gay men, so could he change the character dying of AIDS to a woman? Robert stalks off at first but then realizes there are more than a couple of things he can do with a million dollars like put his son through college. Jeffrey introduces Robert to his wife, Elaine(Patricia Clarkson), who used to be a screenwriter herself. At which point, Jeffrey becomes attracted to Robert. Complications ensue...[/font]

[font=Century Gothic]"The Dying Gaul" is at its best when it is a condemnation of Hollywood's refusing to make any movies about gay men and lesbians("Brokeback Mountain" does come out next month.). When it makes a hard turn away from the political to the personal and even the new age, the movie weakens towards a very problematic ending. Peter Sarsgaard and Patricia Clarkson, being two of the best actors around, make this movie better than it should have been.[/font]

[font=Century Gothic][color=#000080]"Three of Hearts" is a documentary about a rather unique relationship and family. The relationship consists of two men and a woman who are all in love with each other - Sam & Steven & Samantha. Sam and Steven were in love first before they decided to add a woman to the mix. At the beginning of the movie, Samantha has just become pregnant for the first time.(And she will also give birth to a second child.) I was surprised to see they all work together at the same wellness center.[/color][/font]

[font=Century Gothic][color=#000080]The moral of the documentary is that we spend too much time self-analyzing. Also, we rely too much on labels to define ourselves.[/color][/font]
November 13, 2005
Walter M.

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You are the ultimate voyeur in this three attempt to have a family with three parents and an uneasy balancing act between two partners. You had to know that it would go off the rails but it is nonetheless something to behold.
June 18, 2013
John Ballantine

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