Mixed or average reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Gaël Morel's intermittently poignant study in familial discord isn't quite substantive enough to support its histrionic tendencies.
  2. Reviewed by: Neva Chonin
    Pretty insubstantial.
  3. 25
    If the sight of naked, sweaty French hunks gets you going, well, then, Three Dancing Slaves is a must-see.
  4. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    No matter that the setting is one of the most picturesque on the planet: cinematographer Jean-Max Bernard's camera would much rather linger all the skin and muscle Morel contrives to put on display.
  5. 70
    Stylish, beautifully shot film.
  6. Mr. Morel's predilection for murky, nearly pitch-black cinematography and spare, elliptical dialogue indicates his debt to filmmakers like François Ozon and Claire Denis, but Three Dancing Slaves lacks the psychological precision of Mr. Ozon's or Ms. Denis's work.
  7. Although graceful and dynamic, Three Dancing Slaves is none too substantial or original, lacking the edge or complexity of Morel's impressive debut film, "Full Speed."
  8. 50
    For those so inclined, this lulling, banal, and rather pleasant film cultivates a mood of zone-out voyeurism. In the absence of a larger purpose, Morel is content to ogle, perhaps rightly assuming that his viewers will be too.

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