'3 Backyards' Critic Reviews

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Rotten Tomatoes:   17 reviews
  • Stephen Holden New York Times (Top Critic)
    80
    Little is left to chance, and every detail contributes to a tightly schematic, microcosmic poetic concept.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Nick Pinkerton Village Voice (Top Critic)
    A story in which poor real folks are granted perspective only by brushing up against starlets, accidents, and villains of the tabloid press.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • David Edelstein New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    The movie has none of the smugness of American Beauty: You could dream of living in a world like this.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Bruce Diones New Yorker (Top Critic)
    Mendelsohn's dialogue is, for the most part, as spare as poetry, and the three stories are woven together masterfully and acquire a gleaming aura that's almost pastoral.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Rex Reed New York Observer (Top Critic)
    50
    My mind kept wandering.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    63
    Well-acted and acutely observed, the sort of cerebral fare you can more typically find on HBO than in theaters these days.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com
    67
    This dark, well-acted suburban tale is follow-up to the gifted Mendleson's most promising feature debut
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Beth Accomando KPBS.org
    And although Mendelsohn maintains a certain cool detachment, he also allows the film to occasionally soar in unexpected ways.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Tricia Olszewski Washington City Paper
    Mendelsohn may believe he's presenting an unvarnished look at middle-class America, but if these kinds of people exist, you won't recognize them.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Armond White New York Press
    Unlike those indie directors whose feel-good, P.C. claptrap predictably gets praised by the very people it flatters, Mendelsohn makes suburban poetry that opposes the way middle-class film culture likes to fantasize itself.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Steve Ramos Boxoffice Magazine
    80
    Three lives intersect over the course of a fall day in Long Island in Eric Mendelsohn's dazzling and delicate independent drama 3 Backyards.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Prairie Miller NewsBlaze
    It may not be the Long Island the natives are more accustomed to, but that sense of place from a prism of both wonderment and despair, is deep into the moment of those physical and human worlds alike, playing out sensually and emotionally in suburbia.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Geoff Berkshire Metromix.com
    40
    Tries to give suburban malaise a fresh spin with dreamlike visuals and overbearing music.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Marshall Fine Hollywood & Fine
    At once lyrical and mysterious, familiar yet enigmatic...It's a movie that raises more questions than it answers. It leaves you feeling haunted and touched.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Ed Gonzalez Slant Magazine
    63
    Eric Mendelsohn's first film since 1999's Judy Berlin suggests Little Children as helmed by a nature documentarian.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Dustin Putman DustinPutman.com
    88
    An exquisitely observed slice-of-life with a genuinely transporting feel for its setting. Sumptuously dreamlike and compellingly elusive.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Howard Feinstein Screen International
    Mendelsohn refuses to satirize suburbia, or to take it too seriously. What he does do is present very real souls who just happen to live in this kind of community with compassion and understanding.
    Full Review » 4 years ago