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8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 161 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 5 out of 161
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  1. PatC.
    Jan 14, 2004
    3
    Invades Iraq as a hitherto unclaimed territory in which to initiate cinematic excess. Meticulous detail to realism as a backdrop to political and moralistic posturing. It's never easy to believe we do the right things for the right reasons internationally, or that our soldier's hearts are in the right places. But it is easy to stipulate that the representations of these three Invades Iraq as a hitherto unclaimed territory in which to initiate cinematic excess. Meticulous detail to realism as a backdrop to political and moralistic posturing. It's never easy to believe we do the right things for the right reasons internationally, or that our soldier's hearts are in the right places. But it is easy to stipulate that the representations of these three bozos to same be discarded right from the get-go. Expand
  2. TonyB
    Jul 11, 2005
    3
    Easily one of the most overrated films to come down the pike in a long time.
  3. YoonC.
    Sep 21, 2003
    1
    MTV war movie, clever but brainless, moralistic but repugnant, smarminess posing as subversive deconstruction of genre conventions. It purports to make Americans face up to the truths of the Gulf War and the brutality of mayhem yet has Ice Cube blow up a helicopter with a rigged football(!!), and most ridiculously of all, has an Iraqi soldier lecture Mark Walhberg on the hypocrisy of MTV war movie, clever but brainless, moralistic but repugnant, smarminess posing as subversive deconstruction of genre conventions. It purports to make Americans face up to the truths of the Gulf War and the brutality of mayhem yet has Ice Cube blow up a helicopter with a rigged football(!!), and most ridiculously of all, has an Iraqi soldier lecture Mark Walhberg on the hypocrisy of American culture by blabbering about why Michael Jackson wants to be white. Eh? Junk fantasy morality cooked up inside an indulgent mastrubatory mind, it has nothing to do with truth, historical or otherwise, or with decency, modest or far-reaching. Expand
  4. ArtF.
    Feb 15, 2002
    0
    Terrible in every way.
Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 75
    Visual pyrotechnics and dark humor aside, Three Kings rules because it dares to dig for such truths, whether banal or significant.