The Third Murder (Sandome no satsujin) Reviews

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January 17, 2019
The film showcases Kore-eda's skillful sense of characterization and ethical inquiry, asking viewers to think long and hard about the meaning of justice.
October 12, 2018
"The Third Murder" features a handful of compelling performances, but winds up tied in knots.
August 22, 2018
Murder is endlessly fascinating, as the vast crime-fiction industry would indicate, and this one is no different.
August 4, 2018
"The Third Murder" is an intriguing investigation into truth and the nature of justice. Those two aren't necessarily in sync.
August 3, 2018
The Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda has a quietly seductive way of finding the sublime in the mundane.
August 2, 2018
Kore-eda is too polished a filmmaker for "The Third Murder" not to be of interest, but its focus is finally too fuzzy to compel the way the best of the director's work does.
August 7, 2019
An intelligent and solid work that joins, without a doubt, the best of 2017. [Full Review in Spanish]
July 22, 2019
The Third Murder is shot mostly through panes of prison glass. In tackling the weighty subject of Japan's death penalty, the director imbues his meditative mystery with a distinctly icy chill.
April 21, 2019
Koreeda's sadly neglected predecessor to Shoplifters is now thankfully available on DVD from Film Movement.
March 25, 2019
This is a handsomely made, well-acted entry in the legal procedural genre, which, despite its references to Japanese criminal law, should be accessible to most viewers.
February 28, 2019
Eschewing the snappy edit typical of the thriller genre in favour of a dialogue-driven narrative, The Third Murder is a legal procedural with a difference; deliberate pacing requires full attention, creating an engrossing experience.
February 14, 2019
Big questions abound...and Koreeda provides no easy answers, making it clear that the solutions that work here are not universal. It keeps things intriguing, going some way to make up for the lacklustre central story.
February 5, 2019
Misumi may be on trial, but Kore-eda also interrogates the workings - often arbitrarily formulated, even prejudiced - of the Japanese justice system, & its slippery relationship to the higher notions of fairness & truth which it is supposed to serve.
January 29, 2019
There's nothing wrong with experimenting new directions and Koreeda should be praised for his courage.
January 18, 2019
The story is astute enough to hide the themes behind the substantial layers that compose The Third Murder. [Full Review in Spanish]
November 18, 2018
A murder mystery with more twists than a 1960s dancefloor. It's definitely gripping, and superbly acted, though I'll not deny it's also frustrating; as we try to work out who is being played.
October 31, 2018
The film works best when Koreeda is able to impress his aesthetic on the story.
October 17, 2018
The Third Murder reminds us that the death sentence cannot hope to offer the satisfaction that its brutal finality suggests.
September 10, 2018
A bold gamble for one of the most humanistic filmmakers working today that very much pays off. [Kore-eda] has created a morally complex, thematically enthralling film.
August 27, 2018
The Third Murder is a deep and intriguing moral puzzle encompassing many aspects, which will stay with you long after it's over.
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