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Universal acclaim- based on 36 Ratings

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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
    70
    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. Mar 29, 2012
    9
    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) Expand

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