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  • Summary: A battered woman finds an unlikely hero in a transient young man who breaks into empty homes while the residents are away.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
  1. Quiet, mysterious, sometimes violent, ultimately close to sublime.
  2. The insinuating quality of 3-Iron is irresistible.
  3. 80
    It's a love story without all the verbal hooey and it hits harder than most.
  4. 3-Iron is like a Raymond Carver story that slowly, inexorably takes on the dimensions of a ghostly fairy tale.
  5. 75
    Kim's wittiest effort to date, with a wordless performance by Jae Hee that recalls Keaton and Chaplin.
  6. Reviewed by: Ed Park
    Taut even when ridiculous, with flashes of comedy, 3-Iron has less to offer than its predecessors, but at minimum it's the playful exhaustion of a formal constraint.
  7. 30
    As repellent and repellently opportunistic a piece of work as the various shock-horror provocations (The Isle, The Coast Guard) that helped to launch this worrisome career (Kim Ki-Duk).

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. V.N.
    Jan 30, 2006
    This is a fantastic movie! It is so original! There was no dialogue between the 2 main characters and I was creating it myself. You try to imagine what the motivation of the characters is what is in their heads. This movie touches humanity on a sublime level. With its simplicity it is close to perfection. I am so glad that I saw it ... I can't stop thinking about it. I will see it again Expand
  2. M.Daye
    Feb 4, 2006
    Though it may discard prolix dialogue in favour of visuals, it is almost impossible to find yourself not moved in the slightest by the end.
  3. ChadS.
    Aug 22, 2005
    For the most part, the silence in "3-Iron" that's observed by both actors during their benevolent home invasions doesn't play like an art film joke (for instance, Gus Van Sant's "Gerry") because director Ki-Duk Kim gives this prolonged quietude a proper context to help efface some of the narrative's self-consciousness. "3-Iron" starts off as a deadpan comedy, and it's vaguely reminiscent of Jim Jarmusch's "Stranger than Paradise". At first, the male lead struck me as a metaphorical zombie who breaks into strangers' homes because he misses the routine of domestic life, and the woman he indoctrinates in his world of non-crime, pretends to have the same catalepsy as a means of escape from her abusive marriage. But then he's incarcerated, and in his cell, the man seems to change from a material being into something more incorporeal, which brings to mind a similar jail-cell transformation in "Lost Highway", when Bill Pullman inexplicably turns into Balthazar Getty. Ki-Duk Kim has the same "don't explain a thing" ethos as David Lynch, which will enthrall and frustrate moviegoers in equal numbers. We wait for the big revelation, a definitive answer to explain all of "3-Iron('s)" enigmas, like "The Sixth Sense", but the final frame leaves us with more questions. Expand
  4. Mar 29, 2012
    Simply brilliant script great. Spectacular sound track, in short, a masterpiece of South Korean cinema. I recommend all the films of Kim Ki-duk, especially ''Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter ... and Spring'' (2003) Collapse
  5. CodyK.
    Sep 19, 2005
    This is a very good movie. I
  6. CoryT.
    Sep 18, 2005
    Sure, I can see what the effective elements of this movie are, but man, the ball (golf ball ...I guess!) is dropped in many places. One minute your egrossed, the next you're scratching your head dissapointed. Beautiful foreign film meets Hollywood- "eye watering, oignon cutting, first blood type crap!...Simon on 'yer swing at the range-not the course! Expand
  7. DeniseB.
    Feb 17, 2007
    The premise was good so I watched it and was keenly dissapointed. It was slow with very little dialouge.

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