Three Kings Reviews

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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
August 25, 2008
A damning yet idealistic satire about the motives behind U.S. foreign policy.
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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.
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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
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Robert Horton
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Three Kings manages to venture into places that most American films never go.
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Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
An intelligent film for an excess of visual imagination.
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
January 1, 2000
An original and brilliant combination of comedy, action and sophisticated political comment.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
January 1, 2000
Imaginative and exciting.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
January 1, 2000
Explosively good!
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
January 1, 2000
David O. Russell's nervy attempt to reinvent the war movie and a further step in the evolution of an audacious and entertaining filmmaker.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
January 1, 2000
On any hip-o-meter, Three Kings rules.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
Artsy style overpowers message in Three Kings.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
Three Kings takes a comfortable proletarian view of Desert Storm.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
It's George Clooney's best showcase to date -- a picture that is as strong as the war itself was dubious and one-sided.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 1, 2000
Ultimately, instead of drawing us in, his swagger and the dazzle of his pyrotechnics keep us at a remove from the savagery. They become abstractions, too.
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Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today
January 1, 2000
Three Kings rules.
| Original Score: 3/4
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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
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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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
Three Kings is a dark, zesty, live-wire action-adventure comedy.
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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Vigor, intelligence and eyes kept open makes Three Kings a top-of-the-line war-action movie.
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Sean Means
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Possibly the best wartime comedy since Robert Altman's M*A*S*H.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 1, 2000
It is a straightforward celebration of heroism under duress, and it is impossible to resist.
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
January 1, 2000
Exciting.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
Three Kings is one of the most exciting Hollywood action films in years, and the best Vietnam movie since Apocalypse Now.
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
January 1, 2000
Three Kings is a resourceful and even witty film that irreverently reinvents the war movie.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Interesting and occasionally exhilarating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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.
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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.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 1, 2000
A sardonic, rock-'em, sock-'em Gulf War flick.
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
January 1, 2000
Russell does so well by his sub-text that the flaws in the text itself become less bothersome. What he is after fundamentally is ... war is insane.