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. A war movie with a conscience, an action movie with a funny bone, a caper movie with a shifting agenda.
  2. 100
    This audacious hybrid of cinematic styles is pure entertainment.
  3. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    You walk out amazed and refreshed by the way it kicks the assumptions out from under the genre.
  4. So wild an approach demands straightforward performances that don't draw attention to themselves, and that's what the actors supply.
  5. 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.
  6. 100
    Some kind of weird of the best movies of the year.
  7. 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.
  8. A nifty little war movie that defies convenient categorization.
  9. 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.
  10. 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."
  11. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    It's like a madly inventive hybrid of "Dr. Strangelove" and "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre."
  12. 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.
  13. 70
    Better than the usual Hollywood rot, but dialectical it ain't.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. A daring, teeth-grinding experience that doesn't let the viewer rest easy.
  17. 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.
  18. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    Blackly funny, unafraid to shift emotional gears from farce to horror, peppered with spectacular action.
  19. Exhilarating, alternately funny and horrific film.
  20. An all-hell-breaks-loose, panicky fever of a story, all of it drenched in grainy, color-saturated cinematography.
  21. 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.
  22. 90
    One of the most exciting Hollywood action films in years, and the best Vietnam movie since "Apocalypse Now."
  23. A work of strangely bold, distinctly American pop art - proud to be ashamed, ashamed to be proud, unafraid to ignore its commercial bearings.
  24. As entertaining as it is a viable, political message destined to make viewers rethink their stance on war.
  25. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    A brilliant exercise in popular but palpable surrealism.
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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.
  27. An astonishing movie that keeps you off-balance from the first scene.
  28. 75
    Visual pyrotechnics and dark humor aside, Three Kings rules because it dares to dig for such truths, whether banal or significant.
  29. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    An impudently comic, stylistically aggressive and, finally, very thoughtful manner.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 263 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).