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  • Summary: The story of three people from the same suburban town during the course of one curious autumn day.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
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  1. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Mar 7, 2011
    90
    Helmer-writer Eric Mendelsohn returns with his first feature in a decade and the proposition that art film still has a place in the world -- which is an exhilarating idea, especially as represented by 3 Backyards, an exquisite example of calculated execution in pursuit of elusive ideas.
  2. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Mar 10, 2011
    80
    Mr. Mendelsohn's ability to evoke a child's-eye view of a suburban environment is the most seductive element in a movie whose primary attraction is an atmosphere so heady that you can almost taste it.
  3. 80
    The movie has none of the smugness of "­American Beauty": You could dream of living in a world like this.
  4. Reviewed by: Steve Ramos
    Mar 12, 2011
    80
    It's worth remembering that eleven years passed between "Judy Berlin" and 3 Backyards, both of which earned Mendelsohn best director prizes at Sundance.
  5. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Mar 11, 2011
    63
    Well-acted and acutely observed.
  6. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Mar 8, 2011
    60
    Only Falco gets beyond being merely a symbol for suburban angst.
  7. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Mar 11, 2011
    40
    From the insistently discordant score to each overthought shot, this triad of stories feels self-conscious and deliberately arty rather than heartfelt.

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  1. Sep 25, 2011
    4
    I never understood the story of this movie, not understanding because the gentleman was, not understood why the lady cried, disappointing,I never understood the story of this movie, not understanding because the gentleman was, not understood why the lady cried, disappointing, boring, except for some little scenes that I drew some laughter. far from being a good movie. Expand