Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. 90
    So here it is, an arena rock type film event for lovers of Asian cinema. Good news is that you won’t have that annoying ringing in your ears the day after. Better news is that you’ll have food for thought way after witnessing these spectacles.
  2. 88
    What all three of these stories share is the quality found in Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft and Stephen King: An attention to horror as it emerges from everyday life as transformed by fear, fantasy and depravity.
  3. Reviewed by: Mike Russell
    There's a sense of diminishing returns here -- "Extremes" leads with its strongest short and ends with its most esoteric. But all three offer provocative, distinct and gorgeous twists on horror and splatter conventions.
  4. Like a bouquet of poisoned flowers -- beautiful, delicate and lethal. A trio of horror films from three "extreme" Asian directors, it shows how much evil fun talented bad boys can have on a very small scale.
  5. 78
    Might also be the best date movie ever, depending on your idea of a good time.
  6. Don't expect scary from this trilogy of short horror films from a trio of Asia's most interesting directors, which are not so much extreme as twisted.
  7. 75
    The three-part anthology opens with its best shot, Hong Kong fruitcake Fruit Chan's "Dumplings," photographed by the great Christopher Doyle.
  8. Blood, grotesquerie and humor mix equally in the first two, but the full combo makes a savory witches' brew for Asian-cinema cultists (or Halloween lovers in need of a gore fix).
  9. 75
    While most anthology films have one standout and one weak link, all three tales are short, sharp shockers -- there should be at least one for every taste.
  10. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Plenty of vile little secrets and ghastly urges are explored in the stylishly made Asian-fusion horror triptych.
  11. 70
    Few directors are as "extreme" as Miike, but ironically, his entry in Three... Extremes is the least explicit; its suggestive tale of envy and guilt resembles Edgar Allen Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart" more than Miike's usual six-per-year gorefests.
  12. 70
    Connoisseurs of horror are bound to play favorites here (this amateur votes for Box), but there's one more thing that connects these three films--the brilliant cinematography of Christopher Doyle.
  13. Though Three ... Extremes may seem tame to jaded fans of what has been termed New Asian Horror, it serves as a fine introduction to the genre for those who are curious but squeamish.
  14. A bloody strange movie--and a surprise. Who would have thought that you could put together an anthology of "extreme" Asian horror featurettes by three cutting-edge Asian directors where the most tasteful, restrained contribution was the one by Japanese mad dog moviemaker Takashi Miike?
  15. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Gore fans will want to bump the two-and-a-half-star rating up a star, whereas those who can't handle on-screen violence will want to stay the hell away.
  16. Reviewed by: Richard James Havis
    The result falls somewhere between psychodrama and horror. Cult cinema fans should come away satisfied, though the stories are probably too brutal to reach much into the mainstream.
  17. Reviewed by: Ben Kenigsberg
    Title notwithstanding, Three . . . Extremes really offers only two.
  18. 50
    "Cut" is the most interesting of the three shorts because Park uses the opportunity to take stock of his career and the excruciating cruelty of his movies.
  19. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    One is haunting and wonderful, one is very good, and one spoils the fun.
  20. Reviewed by: Gregory Kirschling
    Another pulpy Creepshow movie would be more welcome than a second installment of this stiff stuff.
  21. 40
    All three look great and the filmmakers deliver a certain artiness, but their overall triviality and the unpleasantness of the first two make for an extremely distasteful experience.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. JackM
    Dec 14, 2006
    I only saw the Director's cut of Dumplings, but I will have to say it's a very good story. No lame ghosts, no "scary" bumps in the I only saw the Director's cut of Dumplings, but I will have to say it's a very good story. No lame ghosts, no "scary" bumps in the night, just humans being as twisted as they can be. I recommend this to ALL fans of horror who have enough attention span to occasionally read a book. Other people may be turned away by the lack of hollywood scares (thank god!). Enjoy! Full Review »
  2. KevinE.
    Apr 27, 2006
    I am shocked how positive this filmed is being recieved and how most other horror films are being dismissed. We have some terrific directors, I am shocked how positive this filmed is being recieved and how most other horror films are being dismissed. We have some terrific directors, great acting, decent cinematography... but that doesn't make the outcome any better. The stories are for the most park boring. Dumplings was effective but the story wasn't developed right. Cut was the best of the 3 but it resembled the violence in Chan-wook's Oldboy too much and wasn't a necessary see. Miike's box was the most beautifully shot but there was nothing to be scared about. The twist at the end was kind've cool. Three... Extremes it is not. More like Three... Simples. Not very scary, not very effective... but at least interesting. Worth seeing once... but see these director's other works if you want to see something really scary and really extreme. Full Review »