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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
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  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, boring, except for some little scenes that I drew some laughter. far from being a good movie. Expand