Three Peaks Reviews

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October 2, 2019
It is incredibly effective... [director Jan Zabeil] really sets you up.
August 5, 2019
The harsh, forbidding environment naturally lends an air of danger, and Zabeil confidently, quietly winds the suspense around the potential breaking point...
July 28, 2019
It's said that good things come in threes, a theory German filmmaker Jan Zabiel unwittingly disproves in "Three Peaks," his thin-aired family drama in which three quickly becomes tri-ing -- or, tiring, if you wish to flip those six letters around.
July 26, 2019
Despite a promising setup, Zabeil can't get his actors to generate a human tension on par with the impressive and potentially deadly surroundings.
July 25, 2019
What results is a harrowing, entirely gripping high-stakes, high-altitude drama where microaggressions lead to macro-results.
July 24, 2019
There's just enough closure to its inconclusive climax to allow you to relax, even if it doesn't give you much to terribly ponder during the drive home.
July 24, 2019
The payoff is barely worth the wait.
July 24, 2019
The double impulse at the heart of "Three Peaks" is ultimately self-defeating.
July 19, 2019
Three Peaks never quite reaches the dramatic peak that the movie's deliberate pacing and tense interplay seem to promise.
July 19, 2019
Three Peaks features some glorious cinematography as this domestic drama plays out. The film may feel a bit slight at times, but it is often quite absorbing.
July 18, 2019
There's more to the screenplay, and that's the beauty of Zabeil's work, introducing new perspectives on seemingly innocent behaviors.
July 16, 2019
Three Peaks ripples with a heady mixture of animosity and genuine affection.
July 11, 2019
"Three Peaks" is a dark little family drama, a ticking time bomb of a movie that is well made but never totally satisfies.
July 1, 2019
Three Peaks is a thriller of a decidedly unconventional sort...A more clichéd effort would have succumbed to third-act fireworks as a reward for enduring such a slow-burn build-up. But Zabeil rejects predictable paths.
June 28, 2019
This isn't your daddy's drama/thriller. It's a meticulously crafted film that, in its very self-disciplined way, is far stronger than movies that go for the emotional jugular from the git-go.
June 28, 2019
Three Peaks is so thinly conceived and executed that, for the most part, it fails to justify its existence as a stand-alone feature.
June 28, 2019
The uneven narrative momentum is redeemed by emotional complexity and a trio of convincing performances.
June 28, 2019
Three Peaks seems to betray its characters for the sake of forced drama.
Top Critic
June 27, 2019
An exceptional film, well worth savoring.
June 27, 2019
"Three Peaks" has a placid surface, but Zabeil uses abstraction - with edits that elide information or play tricks with spatial perception - to deepen a trite scenario.
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