Third Person Reviews

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November 14, 2014
In its lesser moments, the film seems as banal and manipulative as any afternoon TV soap. Another way of looking at the film is as Haggis's own very idiosyncratic and intimate essay.
November 14, 2014
What is it with Paul Haggis? Has he forgotten how to tell a simple story?
November 13, 2014
It's a deeply dubious luxury-tourist fantasy about parallel lives in various foreign hotel rooms, and it shows a very strange need to punish and humiliate its female characters.
November 13, 2014
An interminable illusive boondoggle with clunky turns and a flat, uninspiring reveal.
November 13, 2014
It's couture misery: dress by Valentino, watch by Breitling, lingering sexual regrets model's own.
July 11, 2014
"Third Person" is such a solipsistic, navel-gazing creation that it seems to have barely made it out of Haggis' mind and onto the screen.
July 10, 2014
Even if the story begins to melt into itself, at the end it's still fascinating to watch Haggis move his players.
July 10, 2014
It's all, I'm sorry to say, a melodramatic slog.
July 10, 2014
"Third Person" doesn't lack for ambition, and it's nice to see Neeson in the kind of role that he excelled at before he morphed into an action star. But the film may have some folks wishing they'd bought a ticket to "Transformers 4" instead.
July 7, 2014
Trust is essential to any love relationship, writer-director Paul Haggis wants us to know, though he trusts us so little to grasp this theme ourselves that he makes his alter ego here, a world-weary novelist played by Liam Neeson, spell it out.
July 7, 2014
Plumbing emotional depths, Haggis turns the characters' tribulations onto the viewer: If white is the color of trust -- as Neeson's author writes -- aren't we all a little gray?
July 6, 2014
It makes sense that these people all seem puzzled. They're pieces.
July 2, 2014
Third Person falls into a kind of fugue state. The lines between characters become blurred, their respective losses and heartbreaks dissolving into a melancholy vapor. Or vapidity. Take your pick.
July 1, 2014
"Third Person" staggers well over the two-hour mark only to self-destruct in a burst of overwrought cleverness.
June 27, 2014
Though Haggis has crafted an ambitious tale, it is way too complicated and convoluted.
June 26, 2014
"Third Person" aims to be singular, but winds up being hoist on its own conceit: Fiction may not be real, but we're still supposed to believe at least a word of it.
June 26, 2014
"Third Person" is Paul Haggis' best movie, and the one he has been building toward for years.
June 26, 2014
Writer-director Paul Haggis' exasperating multistory drama about how hard it is for a nice, quiet, sensitive guy to be left alone to write an exasperating multistory drama.
June 25, 2014
Haggis has written and directed better films than "Third Person," and I bet he'll make even better ones in the future.
June 20, 2014
Another drama-orama that, like Crash, piles up stories that aren't all that much worth telling in the first place.
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