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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 31
  2. Negative: 12 out of 31
  1. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Jun 26, 2014
    100
    Third Person is Paul Haggis' best movie, and the one he has been building toward for years.
  2. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Jul 2, 2014
    63
    Third Person staggers well over the two-hour mark only to self-destruct in a burst of overwrought cleverness.
  3. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    Jun 19, 2014
    60
    Third Person’s considerable strengths generally come from the actors.
  4. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Jun 17, 2014
    40
    It’s crushing, then, that the movie’s big reveal is the kind of narrative do-over that could only spring from the mind of an almighty writer in love with playing God — or with himself.
  5. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Jul 4, 2014
    40
    Everything is overwrought, every circumstance a potential tragedy. Humor is largely absent.
  6. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Jun 26, 2014
    37
    As is true with so much of Haggis’s work, Third Person suffers from an airless, too-neat lack of connection with organic life.
  7. Reviewed by: Kevin Jagernauth
    Apr 18, 2014
    0
    Third Person is an audacious failure, one that even its starry cast can't save. With a trite script, and an even more glib thematic undercurrent, Third Person is nothing short of an outright embarrassment.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Jul 14, 2014
    10
    Yes, it is as long as a six course dinner, but what a feast. The subject matter is interesting--the disasters that happen to children when they are loved too much, not enough, or when they can't compete with the complications of their parents' lives. The cinematography is superb. The actors outdo themselves. Liam Neeson and Adrien Brody are esteemed, but this is their best work. Olivia Wilde is a revelation in a very difficult role. Mila Kunis and James Franco prove more than cute, off beat personalities. The director, Paul Haggis, loves telling multiple stories that combine sometimes in terms of story, sometimes only through implication. If this is "playing God", let him play on--he has the cards. Expand
  2. Jul 13, 2014
    5
    This latest from Paul Haggis (best known as the writer/director of "Crash") follows a similar multi-level structure. Three couples play out tragic stories in 3 cities (New York, Rome, Paris), each centering around the loss of a child. The impressive cast (Liam Neeson, James Franco, Adrien Brody, Mila Kunis, Olivia Wilde) turns in deep performances, but it's the script that leaves you wanting. It sets up a number of compelling complex situations (and even tosses in some reality defying twists), but none of it resolves in a gratifying conclusion. I kept waiting for the dramatic revelations, but all I got was flawed characters who suffered interestingly. Expand
  3. Jun 28, 2014
    4
    A noble attempt at trying to make a meaningful statement that feels like it's always "reaching" for something it never fully attains. That's rather unfortunate, too, given the considerable talent at the filmmakers' disposal here. But, no matter how hard the picture tries, it never really seems to arrive at a destination that truly satisfies. Expand
  4. Jul 5, 2014
    2
    As a rule I will usually post my movie review the same evening after I have seen the movie but I wanted to give the “Third Person” awhile before giving my opinions. I don’t remember the last time I saw an audience with such puzzled faces walking out of a movie theatre as I did after the end credits were shown.

    While I prefer my movies tied up in a bow with rational explanations of why/what took place I don’t mind the occasional one with ambiguous endings but sometimes the writer/director, in this case Paul Haggis, who also wrote and directed the Oscar winning “Crash”, goes a little too far. There are 3 stories going on here simultaneously but really there is a fourth which helps in adding, “What?!” to the ending. I don’t like to give spoilers so I really won’t give my explanation except to say as a writer I have written books of fiction giving characters different aspects of myself and leave it at that.

    The stories revolve around Mike (Liam Neeson), Anna (Olivia Wilde) and his wife (Kim Basinger), Sean (Adrien Brody) and Monika (Moran Atias), Julia (Mila Kunis) and her ex (James Franco) and her lawyer (Maria Bello) each story involving a child, girl or boy, dead or alive.

    One couple is in Paris, another in Rome and a third in New York and whether on purpose or not the writer/director Haggis will have Mila in New York, where her main story takes and place, and twice in Paris without any reason except writers have the freedom to take their story where they want.

    All the actors do fine but Kunis’s make up is a bit too much even for a one time soap opera star and Brody comes up bland playing opposite Atias, an Israeli actress, as a Romanian gypsy!

    I don’t know how to explain this but though the movie is interesting it is also boring, the running time being over 2 hours and 20 minutes. The film is about all aspects of love but doesn’t get the viewer involved which in the end makes it a failure.
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