Metascore
55

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Oct 6, 2011
    100
    It's a funny, fearless, suspenseful sex comedy that, in drawing on science and philosophy and art and death, risks accusations of pretentiousness. But, even in its romantic idealism, the movie proceeds according to recognizable rhythms of how some people live.
  2. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Sep 15, 2011
    70
    A sensuous intellectual romp whose strong casting makes it involving, even when sentimentality creeps into the story or ideas present themselves in boldface.
  3. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Sep 15, 2011
    70
    In this quintessentially Germanic film, Berlin - where they live, work, and create and voraciously consume culture - is as much a character as any person. The collective sensibility on display is determinedly forward looking; you might even say avant-garde.
  4. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Sep 15, 2011
    70
    Tykwer is a director known for his visual inventiveness and style, and 3 has its imaginative moments, though they sometimes seem like attempts to goose up what's actually a fairly talky, cerebral drama.
  5. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Sep 15, 2011
    67
    German filmmaker Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run) noodles around with form, composition, and sexuality in 3, a playfully pieced-together, beautifully shot, and secretly ridiculous drama about a triangular relationship among blasé Berliners.
  6. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    Sep 14, 2011
    67
    All this experimentation is enjoyable enough in the moment, but it's disappointing when Tykwer drops it in favor of a conventional, obvious ending.
  7. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Nov 16, 2011
    63
    The most that can be said for the characters here is they all seem mighty pleased.
  8. Reviewed by: J.R. Jones
    Nov 17, 2011
    50
    Tykwer manages to negotiate this incredible coincidence without much trouble, though the movie slows to a crawl in its second half.
  9. Reviewed by: Leba Hertz
    Sep 22, 2011
    50
    Despite its fascinating and humorous moments, one can't help but be frustrated when at times it switches away to spiritual pretentiousness.
  10. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Sep 16, 2011
    50
    Tykwer exhibits a fondness for split screens and other eye candy but no interest in formalities like character and plot development. By the time we reach the kitchy final scene, we've had our fill of visual tricks.
  11. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Sep 11, 2011
    50
    3 is a smidgeon film. Take a smidgeon of scientific/ethical discussion, throw in a pinch of dance/poetry/dream sequences, tie the whole thing up with split-screen montages and you no longer just have a film about a love triangle, but a Godardian objet d'art.
  12. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Sep 13, 2011
    40
    No matter what the film says about sexual fluidity, you can't shake the feeling that 3 exists primarily to justify a shot of three figures impeccably posed together on a mattress. Everything else is reduced to trumped-up afterthoughts.
  13. Reviewed by: Melissa Anderson
    Sep 13, 2011
    40
    More willing suspension of disbelief - or suppression of giggles - is required.
  14. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Sep 16, 2011
    20
    Rois has moments of desperate urgency and depth, but Twyker's love of parallels is finally done in by artsy shots of the threesome au naturel against stark white backdrops.
User Score
5.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 1 out of 1
  1. Nov 1, 2011
    0
    could i give this movie three slaps,three punches and make three holes on this film?