Metascore
55

Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 23
  2. Negative: 2 out of 23
  1. Has the gritty, intimate feel of an Eastern European film--and packs the power of a genuine revelation.
  2. 75
    Here is a rarity, a film about religion that is neither pious nor sensational, simply curious. No satanic possessions, no angelic choirs, no evil spirits, no lovers joined beyond the grave. Just a man doing his job.
  3. Harris and Heche make an interesting team--- and the picture reaps the benefit of their creative performances
  4. So profoundly does The Third Miracle live up to its title that Agnieszka Holland's exceptional meditation upon a priest's crisis of faith might win the endorsement of archdiocese and agnostic alike.
  5. Harris, Heche make unholy twosome.
  6. 75
    It's a handsome film with a palpable core of piety, but it isn't as successful in depicting secular events as spiritual ones.
  7. 70
    Harris and Heche are simply electric together, and "Hill Street Blues'" Charles Haid is wonderfully brash as the venal bishop.
  8. This intelligent, well-acted movie is not helped by the fact that its story in some ways parallels that of "Stigmata," the trashy supernatural spookfest that flared briefly at the box office earlier this year.
  9. The problem with The Third Miracle is that it is thematically ambiguous and never lays out its position on whether it thinks saints are or are not real.
  10. Suggests that finding one good priest is a feasibility, but it takes a miracle to meet one as hubba-hubba as Ed Harris.
  11. A foreign film feel despite its strong American cast.
  12. Reviewed by: Phoebe Flowers
    63
    It's not particularly plausible or well-developed, but it does allow the two seasoned actors to share a sexually tense, vodka-fueled scene at Helen's grave.
  13. 63
    A flawed drama offering a rare look at the Catholic Church's canonization process.
  14. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    60
    Without offering any hard and fast solutions to the essential mystery, this is a thought provoking drama about the nature of belief and devotion that never feels exclusionary.
  15. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    50
    Takes on provocative and stimulating subject matter, but can't bring it into satisfying dramatic focus, stranding three strong actors who are superior to their material.
  16. 50
    The first half has a nifty B-movie feel--it's a canny little movie with a big, big theme.
  17. 50
    The first half of The Third Miracle is very good...but the second half of the film, alas, turns into deep TV-mode.
  18. 50
    This spiritual thriller is too wooden to be taken as seriously as was clearly intended.
  19. 44
    Few other 1999 films are as filthy with tantalizing elements as Agnieszka Holland's The Third Miracle, and of those that come close, none other is as pointless, confused, or unsatisfying.
  20. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    40
    A very competent film, but it barely pulls you in.
  21. It tries to be more existential than gumshoe but falls way short.
  22. I'd give this movie about half a miracle.

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