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Three Identical Strangers Reviews

July 13, 2018
Wardle takes his audience on an engrossing, heartbreaking journey into the lives of three innocents whose lives became experiments for scientists on a quest to unravel how identity is shaped.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 13, 2018
Zooms in on the nature versus nurture question that has entranced, irritated and boggled humans for centuries.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 12, 2018
Blending excellent reporting and strong storytelling, this is a disturbing film truly stranger than fiction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 12, 2018
A documentary with a story so outlandish it might well have been rejected by a Hollywood studio had a screenwriter pitched it as the basis of a fictional movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 11, 2018
The less you know about Three Identical Strangers going in, the better, so don't read this part until after you've seen the movie. And you should see it, because it's brilliantly made and contains riveting material.
July 6, 2018
We... come away with a deeper understanding of both the importance of nature and the awesome importance of loving, sensitive parenting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 5, 2018
Three Identical Strangers strikes at the heart of Jewish identity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 5, 2018
A lot is kept from the viewer, then parceled out in discrete chunks. The effect is of one of those long New Yorker-style pieces that blend storytelling with feats of reporting-the elaborate set-up that is a feint, to be dispelled in an act of revelation.
July 5, 2018
Tim Wardle's documentary contains as many twists as a great thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 5, 2018
A riveting, stranger-than-fiction documentary that plays out like a mystery novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 5, 2018
Well after the astonishment of its narrative fades, "Three Identical Strangers" is a movie to make you think twice about your own siblings - and maybe take a long look in the mirror at yourself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 3, 2018
Wardle makes "Three Identical Strangers" as spellbinding as a great psychological thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 2, 2018
So bizarre is the tale that Tim Wardle tells, in his new documentary, and so unnervingly mixed the emotions that it provokes, that the less you know about it beforehand the better.
June 29, 2018
Three Identical Strangers reminds us that even the most galvanizing visual evidence can be deceiving.
June 29, 2018
The best way to experience Tim Wardle's documentary Three Identical Strangers is to do so without knowing a single thing about it.
June 29, 2018
It's a funny story, and it's a nutty story, and it's ultimately very sad and kind of scary, but it's fascinating.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.7/10
June 29, 2018
This is a movie that begins like a News of the Weird anecdote and turns increasingly dark. It brings the nature versus nurture debate into shattering focus.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 29, 2018
Entertaining, thought-provoking and filled with surprises, it scores the equivalent of a cinematic hat trick.
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June 28, 2018
The film is an artfully constructed investigative narrative structured to give us the sense of discovering, along with the boys and their families, several layers of buried secrets and lies that blighted their adult lives.
June 28, 2018
It's a compelling, twist-filled tale, one told with a highly developed sense of empathy, a few aesthetic missteps... and a knack for turning into the triplets' experience into something bigger than just stranger-than-fiction tabloid fodder.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 28, 2018
Three Identical Strangers, is stranger (and wilder and weirder) than most. You really need to see this film to believe it actually happened.
Full Review | Original Score: A
June 28, 2018
Engrossing, and sometimes enraging...
June 28, 2018
Good films always raise compelling questions, whether the format is fiction or documentary fact.
June 28, 2018
Wardle treats his thrilling documentary as an intricate detective story. It's an unsettling account of corruption, with disturbing parallels to historically catastrophic human greed and misjudgment.
June 27, 2018
Even when Three Identical Strangers falters, it fascinates, and that's a claim very few documentaries can make.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 27, 2018
Tim Wardle has shaped the film as a detective story in which the more pieces of the puzzle are filled in, the more disgusted and infuriated we become.
May 16, 2018
It's best to go in as cold as possible, to try (and likely fail) to guess what comes next, and to prepare for a wild, twisting nonfiction ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 17, 2018
A gripping, stranger-than-fiction account of a real-world medical conspiracy, the film begins as a human-interest story and builds to an impressive work of investigative journalism into how and why they were placed with the families who raised them.
January 23, 2018
This is riveting, deeply unsettling stuff.
January 22, 2018
Wardle deserves credit for journalistic doggedness and also for making a documentary that plays like a nerve-jangling thriller.
January 22, 2018
Three Identical Strangers may be non-fiction but it's structured and composed like the best short story you've never heard. And it's one that definitely proves the dictum that life is stranger than fiction.
January 19, 2018
This is a strange, ultimately quite distressing story touched by tragedy, told by Wardle with great skill and compassion in a brisk, consistently absorbing package.
January 19, 2018
Three Identical Strangers does a solid job laying out a story that's both remarkable and repulsive in equal measures, a window into the peculiar bonding of twins that holds appeal for the same reasons that inspired the medical research in the first place
Full Review | Original Score: B