Three Identical Strangers

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Surreal and surprising, Three Identical Strangers effectively questions the nature of reality and identity.

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Three strangers are reunited by astonishing coincidence after being born identical triplets, separated at birth, and adopted by three different families. Their jaw-dropping, feel-good story instantly becomes a global sensation complete with fame and celebrity, however, the fairy-tale reunion sets in motion a series of events that unearth an unimaginable secret -- a secret with radical repercussions for us all.

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Critic Reviews for Three Identical Strangers

All Critics (176) | Top Critics (42) | Fresh (170) | Rotten (6)

  • The cliché "stranger than fiction" is probably used a little too freely, but this really is that.

    December 14, 2019 | Full Review…
  • It combines interviews, archive footage and dramatic reconstructions to take us as close in to the story as possible, not coming to any conclusions. You won't be able to look away.

    February 28, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • This haunting documentary uncovers as much of the truth as is possible.

    February 22, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • It never loses sight of the three scarred subjects at the core of the tale, and of the sense of profound injustice inflicted on blameless children. Unmissable.

    December 3, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • Entertaining and stimulating as it generally is, Wardle's film keeps bumping its head on a ceiling, conceptually speaking.

    November 30, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Director Wardle and his team have an astonishing story to tell. They tackle it in relatively conventional and restrained fashion with talking head interviews, one or two dramatic reconstructions and clever use of archive.

    November 29, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Three Identical Strangers

  • Mar 01, 2019
    I honestly don't know why anyone would find this story so amazing and incredible - a story that is actually filled with vague speculation and moralizing about the separation of twin babies - but what I find really unbelievable is how these boys became famous just because of that.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 10, 2018
    The last three or so minutes of this thing will get you despite it dragging slightly from moment to moment in the last half hour. Utterly, utterly fascinating stuff here that is as much about nature versus nurture as it is context, context, context. To this point, the editing is outstanding. Hesitant to say much more about it as I knew little to nothing walking in and came out completely chilled and rather mystified. Will certainly come back to this again (and probably again & again). Cannot stop thinking about it.
    Philip P Super Reviewer
  • Nov 09, 2018
    It gets a little too saccharine in some of its conclusions, especially when you consider all the dark turns the narrative takes, but perhaps that is an effort to rebuke the cruelty inflicted on these people. Regardless its a compelling narrative.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 12, 2018
    A thoroughly intriguing and disturbing documentary on the nature/nurture debate that really whipsaws your emotions. The movie is basically a horror story of these triplets who were treated as lab rats. Aptly directed and edited Three Identical Strangers was a revelation. One of the saddest movies I have watched in a long time. (8-11-18)
    John C Super Reviewer

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