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3-Iron Reviews

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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
June 16, 2005
What is so engaging about the film is the way its director, Ki-duk Kim, manages to keep our interest intensely focused on the couple.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 4, 2005
A movie meant to be taken on faith more than anything else. The more you can grant it, the greater the reward.
Read More | Original Score: B
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
May 27, 2005
For the most part they achieve a delicate balancing act, mixing near-silent comedy with an old-fashioned sense of whimsy.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
May 20, 2005
It's actually quite satisfying, in a weird, magical-realism sort of way that manages to disturb and confound as much as it appeases the romantic.
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Philip Kennicott
Washington Post
May 20, 2005
Kim works with the barest of materials but returns the viewer's attention to the pure visual pleasure of filmmaking.
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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
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 20, 2005
A mesmerizing, offbeat, violent, playful yet serious parable.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
May 20, 2005
3-Iron may not be a horror movie, but it is still haunting.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
May 13, 2005
Here is where things get murky, intriguingly so.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
May 13, 2005
Seems more ghostly than ghastly, a movie with a life all its own.
Read More | Original Score: B
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
May 13, 2005
Delicate and subtle.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
May 13, 2005
A lyrical, sporadically violent tale of love on the run that gradually turns into something spooky, poetic and disarmingly gentle.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
May 12, 2005
A hypnotic, almost wordless love story about transience physical and spiritual.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
May 12, 2005
An uncanny spiritual exploration of the unlikeliest of great loves.
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
May 6, 2005
For all its pretense, 3-Iron is never pretentious and is so beautiful to look at.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 6, 2005
3-Iron is a romance of tenderness and increasingly poignant silence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 4, 2005
It takes talent to entice an audience without any dialogue. In the case of South Korea's Kim Ki-Duk, he's not just good at silence; his oddball artistry depends on it.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
April 29, 2005
Raises questions that are more frustrating than provocative.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
April 29, 2005
Kim's wittiest effort to date, with a wordless performance by Jae Hee that recalls Keaton and Chaplin.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
April 28, 2005
Alternately witty, caustic, tender and endlessly imaginative and unpredictable, this latest film from one of Korea's most idiosyncratic and prolific directors is as confident as its resourceful hero, Tae-suk.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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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.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
April 28, 2005
Kim Ki-duk's touching and improbable love story is pleasingly mysterious without being too difficult and a little gimmicky but not annoyingly so.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
April 28, 2005
Artful and engrossing, but the hero's insolent silences get to be a pain.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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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Derek Elley
Variety
March 26, 2005
Finally touching in its simplicity.