Third Person

Metascore
38

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 33
  2. Negative: 12 out of 33

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Connie Ogle
    Jul 2, 2014
    38
    Derivative and self-important, Third Person is a concept and not much more, precisely the sort of film that makes you wonder why anybody would bother to see it at all.
  2. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Jun 26, 2014
    38
    How much of what we see in Third Person is the novelist's invention is part of the guessing game that goes on and on. And. On.
  3. 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.
  4. Reviewed by: Diane Garrett
    Jun 20, 2014
    30
    Third Person is an intricately constructed but unaffecting bore. Kinder people might call it an “interesting failure,” but to earn that label it would need to be interesting.
  5. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Jun 19, 2014
    30
    The storytelling is infuriatingly coy, as if Mr. Haggis were trying to fool you (and himself) into thinking that he has something to say. Third Person finds Mr. Haggis, like Mr. Neeson’s screen alter ego, running on empty.
  6. Reviewed by: Amy Nicholson
    Jun 17, 2014
    30
    When the head-scratching impossibilities are more irritating than intriguing, does the last-second explanation outweigh the two hours we've spent rolling our eyes?
  7. Reviewed by: A.A. Dowd
    Jun 18, 2014
    25
    As schematic as Third Person is on a whole, it’s downright risible on a moment-to-moment basis.
  8. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Jul 11, 2014
    20
    It's also deeply flawed, an emotionally exhausting film with a payoff that is limited at best, and a bit self-indulgent to boot. So while Haggis has proven himself a first-rate filmmaker and storyteller, by his standards, Third Person is little more than a second-rate effort.
  9. Reviewed by: Catherine Shoard
    Apr 18, 2014
    20
    Third Person is a work of staggering trash; an ensemble drama with the aesthetic of an in-flight magazine, but less classy writing.
  10. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Jun 18, 2014
    12
    Paul Haggis’ Third Person has nothing to say and spends 2 ¹/₂ hours not saying it. Its combination of pretentiousness, vanity and vapidity suggests Alain Resnais directing a triple episode of “Guiding Light.”
  11. Reviewed by: Steve Macfarlane
    Jun 18, 2014
    0
    If the glue holding Crash's arcs together was Paul Haggis's belief in the power of racism, this time it's love.
  12. 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.
User Score
4.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 37 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  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 whenYes, 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. Full Review »
  2. Mar 24, 2015
    8
    Even though with a strong and elegant cast for "Third person," the script is convoluted, and Haggis tries to focus on three scripts to make itEven though with a strong and elegant cast for "Third person," the script is convoluted, and Haggis tries to focus on three scripts to make it into a film. Liam Neeson takes a break from the action movies and does a romance movie? in this movie he is a alcoholic selfish writer, who sucks at love, so he is in paris trying write his novel. Olivia Wilde loves Nesson's character, but they don't know it yet. Adrien Brody tries to help Monika (Moran Atias), get her money back from the con's. Mila Kunis has a rough past, so she wants custody of her son from James Franco's character; so they get are getting divorce. The script gets way off, a lot. Grade B+ Full Review »
  3. Sep 24, 2014
    6
    Third Person does have a somewhat intriguing premise and includes a talented cast, its is poorly executed and often too confusing to offer anyThird Person does have a somewhat intriguing premise and includes a talented cast, its is poorly executed and often too confusing to offer any engagement. Full Review »