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Three Kings Reviews

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Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
January 1, 2000
A fatuous exercise that takes its exciting premise and poisons it with boring characters, lifeless performances, and a general directorial stupidity.
Full Review | Original Score: D
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
January 1, 2000
The overall shallowness of Three Kings is especially regrettable since so much genuine talent has gone into the picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Though Russell is most impressive for his writing and his immensely witty direction of actors, Three Kings begins by placing its emphasis firmly elsewhere.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
D.K. Holm
January 1, 2000
About mid-way through the film, when Mark Wahlberg is taken hostage by the 'bad guys,' Three Kings becomes heat struck, stupefied by its earnestly expressed ideas.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
Artsy style overpowers message in Three Kings.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Mike Antonucci
San Jose Mercury News
January 1, 2000
Director David O. Russell, who also wrote the screenplay, couldn't separate what's visually ingenious from what's merely visually curious.
Andrew Manning
Radio Free Entertainment
January 1, 2000
This is one of the biggest play-it-safe Hollywood war movies ever made...
| Original Score: 3/10
Tom Block
September 18, 2001
After wooing the likes of Hawks, Peckinpah, and Pontecorvo, 'Three Kings' decides in the end to go steady with Ron Howard.
Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine
January 1, 2000
Three Kings is both entertaining and engaging as it reopens closed history books.
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.
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: 89/100
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
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Roger Ebert
At the Movies
January 1, 2000
It has the freedom and recklessness of Oliver Stone or Robert Altman in their mad-dog days, and a visual style that hungers for impact.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
Interesting and occasionally exhilarating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Gulf War action-drama with heart, brains and guts falls just short of greatness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Kevin Lally
Film Journal International
January 1, 2000
...very stylish, often surreally funny, and actually contains sound criticisms of American foreign policy...
Scott Weinberg
January 1, 2000
One of the most entertaining war movies of the past 20 years.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
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
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.
Eric D. Snider
January 1, 2000
Kind of cynical, really -- but maybe that's what a '90s film about a '90s war should be.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Todd McCarthy
January 1, 2000
The first Hollywood feature to take on the 1991 Gulf War, Three Kings does so in an impudently comic, stylistically aggressive and, finally, very thoughtful manner.
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