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  • Summary: PUSHER III takes place over the course of a single day, with the now middle-aged Milo struggling to prepare his daughter’s 25th birthday party. As Milo fights his own personal demons in the form a smack addiction he’s trying to kick, his business day proves equally challenging once a shipment of ecstasy arrives in place of the heroin he was expecting. Milo is forced to contend with a new order of young hoods in order to move this designer drug he knows little about. Now feeling the squeeze he himself had put on so many before him, Milo must find a way to maintain his place of dominance atop the Copenhagen underworld. To do so he will have to survive one of the most harrowing episodes of his long, illustrious career. [Magnolia Pictures] Expand
  • Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
  • Genre(s): Action, Drama, Thriller, Fantasy, Horror, Comedy, Crime
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Runtime: 90 min
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. 91
    The gut-churningly nasty Pusher III practically justifies the whole series, as it digs deep into the angst of a drug kingpin—a junkie himself—nagged by a thousand little business details and taunted by all the young, carefree libertines he sees enjoying themselves at his drug dens.
  2. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    While I have no problem enthusiastically recommending writer-director Nicolas Winding Refn's Pusher trilogy, I'd also heartily discourage all but the most rabid crime-movie nuts from consuming the whole thing in one afternoon or evening.
  3. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    Each film in Nicolas Winding Refn's mesmerizingly brutal Pusher trilogy can stand on its own, but it's fun to see all three and observe the way the bad guys in one become the sympathetic heroes (or anti-heroes) in another.
  4. If Pusher III is the trilogy's least effective, that may be because the soured-deal plot line is by now a given, and its theme is the simplest: Old habits die hard.
  5. 70
    Pusher III is also, far more clearly than the earlier films, a chronicle of life in the rapidly changing ethnic mix of western Europe.
  6. Still, the textures of Refn's wallow in bad behavior are completely convincing, if the plot-stuff is a little familiar and if the overarching notion that, as Quentin Tarantino said somewhere, "gangsters have kitchens, too" seems by now valid but no longer terribly fresh.
  7. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Jul 15, 2013
    Refn delivers some shocks - but not the shock of the new.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Oct 17, 2011
    Cruising late-nite cable, I stumbled upon the restaurant party scene in Pusher III. It's rare that my remote finger pauses for long but this scene grabbed me by the throat. Aside from being beautifully shot, the performance of Zlatko Buric, as the father Milo, was mesmerizing. I knew nothing of the plot or who this man was but watching him work the room and seemingly engage the guests, his subtle nervous energy suggested something else was on his mind.(little did I know) I knew then that I needed to see this film and start it from the beginning. To my surprise, I found out it was the 3rd film of the Pusher trilogy. Wisely, I decided to start at the "real" beginning and ordered all 3 from Netflix. Boy o' boy, I struck gold!!
    I loved all 3 films with Pusher III my fave. These are grim stories, with grim characters and the filmmaker lets them be. These are great, great films.
    This ain't Hollywood........thank God.
  2. TelyS.
    Nov 14, 2006
    The spiritual successors to Scorsese
  3. KevinO.
    Aug 19, 2006
    Have only seen Pusher 3. Performance by lead actor is rivetting as bad guy involved with even badder guys. Wonderful black humour.
  4. ChrisS.
    Dec 13, 2006
    Very well done. I enjoyed all three films and would watch them again. I was very impressed not only by the lead performances but the supporting ones as well. If you enjoy gritty urban crime dramas then you can't go wrong here. Expand
  5. christoffer
    Oct 19, 2006
    Incredible cliched, plotless, sterotype characters and bad camerawork. do not waste your money. Refn is a talentless hack who is known in his own country, Denmark, for begging newspapers for good reviews for his movies. Now you know. Expand