The Third Murder (Sandome no satsujin) Reviews

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.
July 23, 2018
Despite some tense dramatic moments and some revealing views of Japan's legal system, the movie feels plotted rather than experienced.
July 21, 2018
For Kore-eda, an essential truth about life lies in the accumulation of unexplainable incidents and facts.
July 20, 2018
The film essentially disintegrates before your eyes, with Koreeda displaying little of the quiet elegance he's built his entire career upon.
July 19, 2018
The film's fourth murder involves the slow asphyxiation of the viewer's patience.
July 19, 2018
The back and forths between accused and lawyer are among the movie's most enthralling scenes, largely because the soft-featured Mr. Yakusho - lips lightly curling - can make a nice smile seem positively terrifying.
March 23, 2018
The Japanese maestro Hirokazu Kore-eda takes the narrative ambiguities of his previous movies (After the Storm, Nobody Knows) and pushes them to breaking point and beyond in this beguiling, disquieting courtroom drama.
March 22, 2018
There's plenty to chew on as Koreeda picks apart ideas of morality, law and justice.
January 17, 2018
Compelling enough while you're watching it, frustrating then forgettable once it ends, this is a work that wouldn't command much attention if it came from any other director.
September 22, 2017
It will likely fall through the cracks a bit between After the Storm and Shoplifters, but it's worth the time for fans of Kore-eda.
September 15, 2017
It's beautifully acted and trembles with truth, but it never gives us enough information to arrive at those conclusions on her own or deepen our belief in them.
September 15, 2017
The Third Murder is a captivating puzzle.
September 5, 2017
A complex and engrossing examination of truth.