Three Kings


Universal acclaim - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34

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Critic Reviews

  1. 100
    This audacious hybrid of cinematic styles is pure entertainment.
  2. 100
    An extraordinary experience: an original and brilliant combination of comedy, action and sophisticated political comment -- the best American movie of the year thus far.
  3. A daring, teeth-grinding experience that doesn't let the viewer rest easy.
  4. An all-hell-breaks-loose, panicky fever of a story, all of it drenched in grainy, color-saturated cinematography.
  5. 100
    Some kind of weird of the best movies of the year.
  6. Reviewed by: Sean Means
    A biting satire of military myopia and political double-dealing -- possibly the best wartime comedy since Robert Altman's "M*A*S*H."
  7. Off-and-on cynical and sentimental, Russell's darkly comic tale shows how much can be done with familiar material when you're burning to do things differently and have the gifts to pull that off.
  8. 90
    One of the most exciting Hollywood action films in years, and the best Vietnam movie since "Apocalypse Now."
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    Reviewed by: Christopher Brandon
    It's full of energy and drops an emotional bomb with its unexpected tale of reluctant heroes.
  10. Rolling Stone
    Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    When it comes to rousing action, whip-smart laughs and moral uplift that doesn't pump sunshine up your ass, Three Kings rules.
  11. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    Blackly funny, unafraid to shift emotional gears from farce to horror, peppered with spectacular action.
  12. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    A brilliant exercise in popular but palpable surrealism.
  13. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    It's like a madly inventive hybrid of "Dr. Strangelove" and "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre."
  14. 90
    The visuals are wild, the sound track has the audacity to underscore the subtext instead of just echoing the obvious, the comedy is irreverent and occasionally slapstick, and the metaphorical details are consistently strong.
  15. A war movie with a conscience, an action movie with a funny bone, a caper movie with a shifting agenda.
  16. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    You walk out amazed and refreshed by the way it kicks the assumptions out from under the genre.
  17. A work of strangely bold, distinctly American pop art - proud to be ashamed, ashamed to be proud, unafraid to ignore its commercial bearings.
  18. Exhilarating, alternately funny and horrific film.
  19. 86
    Russell has combined pathos, terror, and black comedy with a dollop of Hollywood feel-good patriotism to make one of the best studio efforts this year.
  20. As entertaining as it is a viable, political message destined to make viewers rethink their stance on war.
  21. An astonishing movie that keeps you off-balance from the first scene.
  22. So overstuffed with random fireworks that despite its politics, it's easy to imagine the film getting a four-star rave from Bush or Saddam.
  23. 75
    Visual pyrotechnics and dark humor aside, Three Kings rules because it dares to dig for such truths, whether banal or significant.
  24. A genre movie with an agenda that's too packed. Inevitably, some of the many balls it's juggling get dropped -- (but it's) one of the most entertaining and original actioners in several years.
  25. So wild an approach demands straightforward performances that don't draw attention to themselves, and that's what the actors supply.
  26. 70
    Better than the usual Hollywood rot, but dialectical it ain't.
  27. Reviewed by: John Hartl
    Closer to "M*A*S*H" than "Dr. Strangelove," which in itself wouldn't be a bad thing. But for all its engaging qualities, Three Kings doesn't seem to know what kind of beast it is.
  28. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    An impudently comic, stylistically aggressive and, finally, very thoughtful manner.
  29. A nifty little war movie that defies convenient categorization.
  30. 50
    Increasingly muddled, cumulatively monotonous, would-be heartwarming, Three Kings becomes its own entertainment allegory -- searching, Hollywood style, for the point at which blatant self-interest can turn humanitarian, while still remaining profitable.
  31. Russell's stylish and imaginative filmmaking wages its own war against lunkheaded and sometimes offensive material.
  32. It isn't nearly as successful a showcase for this filmmaker's extraordinary talents.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 266 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 21
  2. Negative: 4 out of 21
  1. Oct 21, 2011
    Not for those who don't like politics. I enjoyed the original story, the acting was alright and it has just enough action to keep thingsNot for those who don't like politics. I enjoyed the original story, the acting was alright and it has just enough action to keep things exciting. Definitely worth watching, I would say not a popcorn flick. Full Review »
  2. Nov 20, 2013
    The Gulf War was a total waste of time and money, but we all know what it is interesting about this movie surrounded by stars and knownThe Gulf War was a total waste of time and money, but we all know what it is interesting about this movie surrounded by stars and known direction, is how it exposes issues such as greed, sacrifice, comedy and action as realistically and moving, even if sometimes he is a bit inconsistent in transit and wants to spend time with dubious quality between pure drama and black humor, but other than that he and a lot of fun and their performances are very charismatic cat, especially from Clooney. Full Review »
  3. KennedyB.
    Jun 13, 2006
    The 3rd best film of 1999(next to American Beauty and Magnolia).