Three Kings Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
February 4, 2011
One of Hollywood's few films about the Gulf War, David O. Russell's Three Kings is an original war feature that's effective as a social satire as well as political critique.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
December 15, 2010
Violent, liberal George Clooney Gulf War caper.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
July 6, 2010
Ithis is a career making movie, then its writer/director David O. Russell who deserves the credit with this very creative effort from the debut filmmaker.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
June 28, 2009
Three Kings mightn't be the best thought-out or most reassuring movie of the year, but the more I think about it, the more I'm sure that it is one of the best.
| Original Score: 89/100
April 9, 2009
It's amazing how much action can be crammed into a movie about a war where most soldiers didn't actually see any action. Three Kings has its fair share of shootouts, none that are merely squeezed in for guilty pleasures. Every shot fired is motivated by c
Full Review | Original Score: 94/100

August 25, 2008
Far more intelligent and perceptive than most actioners, yet with enough thrills and spills to satisfy adrenaline junkies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
August 25, 2008
A damning yet idealistic satire about the motives behind U.S. foreign policy.
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
August 6, 2007
(The) screenplay abruptly changes tone after the first half-hour, eventually incorporating some genuinely harrowing sequences... The final picture becomes something noticeably deeper and smarter than its first reels suggest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Worth watching.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Gabriel Shanks
Mixed Reviews
May 11, 2007
With characters you can root for and a story that is both engaging and honest, Three Kings goes for the gold and comes out a winner.
Les Wright
March 12, 2007
Keilich strikes a sweetly engaging balance between humor and pathos.
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
The last reel descends into a muddle of trade-offs, heroic about-turns and romanticised rebels, but this is defiant, provocative cinema; Russell may yet prove a film-maker to treasure.
Chris Gore
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
An action movie with a conscience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
Go see it for the effects, action and treasure hunt story, but enjoy the intelligence, too.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
January 15, 2005
It's an outrageous comedy and a challenging morality play, while at heart its a classic Western (set in an unlikely context).
Full Review | Original Score: A
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
September 13, 2004
Combinando humor e drama com talento, funciona como uma dura crítica à política belicista dos EUA - sendo tão (ou mais) relevante hoje em dia do que quando foi lançado.
| Original Score: 5/5
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
June 25, 2004
The violence and profanity are there, but so is a sharp-edged political point of view, interesting characters and a plot enhanced with dark humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 25, 2003
No, Three Kings is not a great picture, but it is a very good one, perhaps the first feature of merit to come out of the Gulf War.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Stephen Himes
Film Snobs
April 7, 2003
A map that leads as near to the Iraqi heart as we can find in American movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Jim Bartoo
March 8, 2003
From frame one, the cinematography of Newton Thomas Sigel is also unmistakable. The washed-out look and grainy feel of the picture puts the audience right into the harsh and unmerciful desert heat.
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