The Third Murder (Sandome no satsujin) Reviews

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]
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.
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.
October 12, 2018
"The Third Murder" features a handful of compelling performances, but winds up tied in knots.
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.
August 25, 2018
Utilizing some of Japan's finest and most notable actors to mirror warring sides of discourse, the departure in tone still bears Kore-eda's refined, controlled aesthetic.
August 22, 2018
Murder is endlessly fascinating, as the vast crime-fiction industry would indicate, and this one is no different.
August 17, 2018
It's a strange structure for a film, and ultimately the drama is concentrated into the two compelling central performances, culminating in an electrifying slow build.
August 16, 2018
The Third Murder is at its best in its understated moments... [are] about rehabilitation and the death penalty. That's why the piano score by Ludovico Einaudi never quite meshes, sometimes teetering over the line into melodramatic.