Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
Watch On
  1. Three Times offers a careful examination of the changing ways people have reacted to each other during the past 100 years. As such, it's an interesting essay but certainly a minor work from a master.
  2. The film's trouble is in what happens in each section: not enough. Once the atmosphere of each period is established, the story is too weak to interest--and the characterizations are too thin to compensate.
  3. The first section of Three Times is fabulous; the second is fascinating if remote; and the third a jangly, modernist mess.
User Score
6.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 12
  2. Negative: 6 out of 12
  1. LinL
    Jun 13, 2009
    1
    Rereading the critics' comments that initially led me to view this movie, I'm stunned. Though I watch a lot of foreign films and Rereading the critics' comments that initially led me to view this movie, I'm stunned. Though I watch a lot of foreign films and have a high tolerance for subtitles, subtext, and symbolic weirdness, I have to say this is the most boring film I've ever seen. A few nice visuals don't come close to making up for the clueless characters, scant dialogue, and the fact that virtually nothing happens in any of the vignettes. I've never felt such disconnect from the critics, including some of my favorites! Full Review »
  2. janeT
    Apr 9, 2008
    0
    In the 20 years that they've played at festivals, with almost no distribution in the U.S., the films of Taiwan's Hou Hsiao-hsien In the 20 years that they've played at festivals, with almost no distribution in the U.S., the films of Taiwan's Hou Hsiao-hsien have evolved from a cult into a conspiracy: Here are movies, say the Hou faithful, so refined and subtle and poetic that the Man won't even let you see them. Three Times is the second Hou film to receive an American release, and as you watch its trio of linked stories, which feature the same two actors (Shu Qi and Chang Chen) romantically entangled in different periods and settings, you can see why his fans revere him Full Review »
  3. HenryV.
    Apr 8, 2007
    9
    An ambitious and practically transcendent piece of filmmaking. It's rare that a director has the intelligence to capture history so An ambitious and practically transcendent piece of filmmaking. It's rare that a director has the intelligence to capture history so poetically, and it's flat out audacious for one to envision a future that is so bleak and hopeless. Full Review »