Üç Maymun (Three Monkeys)

Critics Consensus

Exploring the effects of a family's dealings with an underhanded politician, this crime drama avoids showing the violent outcomes of its characters' misdeeds, resulting in a lingeringly potent film.



Total Count: 61


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Set in the areas of Istanbul rarely visited by foreigners, director Nuri Bilge Ceylan's strange detective story traces the journey of a family that is suddenly dislocated when minor shortcomings explode into exorbitant deceptions. Now their only hope of remaining together is to cover up the truth, but can ignoring the hardships and responsibilities that would be impossible to endure ever really invalidate the existence of the truth?


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Critic Reviews for Üç Maymun (Three Monkeys)

All Critics (61) | Top Critics (21)

  • Three Monkeys... is the latest eyeful from director Nuri Bilge Ceylan, one of a handful of international directors deserving of the title artist.

    Jul 17, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • An elegant exercise with four characters trapped by class, guilt and greed.

    Jul 16, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • There are enough ponderous moments that you may find yourself resisting the heavy mood.

    Jun 26, 2009 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • This is powerful filmmaking for discerning viewers.

    May 1, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • With Three Monkeys, Nuri Bilge Ceylan trains his cool, detached sensibility on a ripe and pulpy melodrama that might have originated in a James M. Cain novel.

    May 1, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/5
  • Calling Three Monkeys a genre detour is putting it charitably; it's a downbeat dead end that reduces its talented maker to a mere shadow-play stylist.

    Apr 30, 2009 | Rating: 2/6

Audience Reviews for Üç Maymun (Three Monkeys)

  • Apr 25, 2015
    Ceylan only seems to confirm the reservations I had about his previous film, as he goes even further than before in terms of aesthetics with a splendid cinematography but employs his pretentious, self-indulgent direction in behalf of an empty story that has nothing to say.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 22, 2013
    Lack of communication is the principal enemy in a disintegrated family. It is basically an open door for every possible outcome to worsen. Given the minimalist scope of Ceylan, and the grim atmosphere of the scenarios, it may not be so surprising that things will turn out badly. Yet, it is the act of "getting there" the one that counts in this expertly shot experience. It is rare to see a male director tackle family relationships and the bonds of acquaintances with such emotional precision while being as impactful and disturbing as Haneke whenever he feels it is necessary. <i>Üç Maymun</i> is a wonderful work that gave Ceylan a Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Director. 92/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Sep 04, 2009
    Ceylan creates moments of mesmerizing visual composition in a film that although it does not seem significant, you grow fond of it. Photography and score are excellent and the actors are very expresssive even when they are not talking.
    Nicolas K Super Reviewer
  • Aug 14, 2009
    Quite interesting at first, but with the little progress the characters make, and the extremely slow pace, it just lost me at some point...
    a z Super Reviewer

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