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  • Summary: Trinogomous? Marriage-a-trois? Monogamy but with more than one person? How does one talk about the unusual relationship between Sam, Smantha and Steven? After all, this is one of those stories you WILL want to talk about. (ThinkFilm)
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  1. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    A streak of pitch-black humor, some bawdy detours and a touch of sanguine, sun-baked poetry Sam Peckinpah would have liked.
  2. The documentary fascinates not only because of its subject matter but because the three people - whose backgrounds are individually developed - are so likable.
  3. 75
    It doesn't spoil any of the story's surprising twists to say that Three of Hearts ends up uncovering some poignant truths about the nature of love, the pressures of commitment and the limits to the compromises we are willing to make for the people we care about.
  4. A significant development turns Susan Kaplan's documentary into a thought-provoking story.
  5. 70
    Beyond the buzz of iconoclasm, our explorers find a regular troubled marriage, only with three sides to every problem.
  6. With Three of Hearts: A Postmodern Family, documentarian Susan Kaplan has achieved the enviable effect of eavesdropping on her subjects for a meaningful exploration of the possibilities and the limits within any relationship.
  7. 40
    Kaplan's decision to violate documentary principles by using songs to "narrate" some sections is simply irritating.

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