'Three Kings' Critic Reviews

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Rotten Tomatoes:   133 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    67
    Three Kings takes a comfortable proletarian view of Desert Storm.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Janet Maslin New York Times (Top Critic)
    40
    Though Russell is most impressive for his writing and his immensely witty direction of actors, Three Kings begins by placing its emphasis firmly elsewhere.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Susan Wloszczyna USA Today (Top Critic)
    75
    Three Kings rules.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Jay Carr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    Three Kings is a resourceful and even witty film that irreverently reinvents the war movie.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Jeff Millar Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    Vigor, intelligence and eyes kept open makes Three Kings a top-of-the-line war-action movie.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Philip Wuntch Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    On any hip-o-meter, Three Kings rules.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Steven Rosen Denver Post (Top Critic)
    Exciting.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Peter Rainer New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    Ultimately, instead of drawing us in, his swagger and the dazzle of his pyrotechnics keep us at a remove from the savagery. They become abstractions, too.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    Three Kings is a dark, zesty, live-wire action-adventure comedy.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Lisa Alspector Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    A damning yet idealistic satire about the motives behind U.S. foreign policy.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Susan Stark Detroit News (Top Critic)
    50
    Artsy style overpowers message in Three Kings.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Todd McCarthy Variety (Top Critic)
    The first Hollywood feature to take on the 1991 Gulf War, Three Kings does so in an impudently comic, stylistically aggressive and, finally, very thoughtful manner.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Jonathan Foreman New York Post (Top Critic)
    100
    An original and brilliant combination of comedy, action and sophisticated political comment.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Jay Boyar Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    Explosively good!
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Robert Horton Film.com (Top Critic)
    Three Kings manages to venture into places that most American films never go.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Sean Means Film.com (Top Critic)
    Possibly the best wartime comedy since Robert Altman's M*A*S*H.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Rick Groen Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    88
    No, Three Kings is not a great picture, but it is a very good one, perhaps the first feature of merit to come out of the Gulf War.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Andrew O'Hehir Salon.com (Top Critic)
    Three Kings is one of the most exciting Hollywood action films in years, and the best Vietnam movie since Apocalypse Now.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    75
    Interesting and occasionally exhilarating.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Kenneth Turan Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    90
    David O. Russell's nervy attempt to reinvent the war movie and a further step in the evolution of an audacious and entertaining filmmaker.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Sight and Sound
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Cynthia Fuchs Philadelphia City Paper
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com
    84
    One of Hollywood's few films about the Gulf War, David O. Russell's Three Kings is an original war feature that's effective as a social satire as well as political critique.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Charles Cassady Common Sense Media
    80
    Violent, liberal George Clooney Gulf War caper.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Garth Franklin Dark Horizons
    Ithis is a career making movie, then its writer/director David O. Russell who deserves the credit with this very creative effort from the debut filmmaker.
    Full Review » 4 years ago