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November 14, 2014
In its lesser moments, the film seems as banal and manipulative as any afternoon TV soap. Another way of looking at the film is as Haggis's own very idiosyncratic and intimate essay.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 14, 2014
What is it with Paul Haggis? Has he forgotten how to tell a simple story?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
November 13, 2014
It's a deeply dubious luxury-tourist fantasy about parallel lives in various foreign hotel rooms, and it shows a very strange need to punish and humiliate its female characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
November 13, 2014
An interminable illusive boondoggle with clunky turns and a flat, uninspiring reveal.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
November 13, 2014
It's couture misery: dress by Valentino, watch by Breitling, lingering sexual regrets model's own.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 11, 2014
"Third Person" is such a solipsistic, navel-gazing creation that it seems to have barely made it out of Haggis' mind and onto the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
July 10, 2014
Even if the story begins to melt into itself, at the end it's still fascinating to watch Haggis move his players.
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 10, 2014
It's all, I'm sorry to say, a melodramatic slog.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
July 10, 2014
"Third Person" doesn't lack for ambition, and it's nice to see Neeson in the kind of role that he excelled at before he morphed into an action star. But the film may have some folks wishing they'd bought a ticket to "Transformers 4" instead.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 7, 2014
Trust is essential to any love relationship, writer-director Paul Haggis wants us to know, though he trusts us so little to grasp this theme ourselves that he makes his alter ego here, a world-weary novelist played by Liam Neeson, spell it out.
July 7, 2014
Plumbing emotional depths, Haggis turns the characters' tribulations onto the viewer: If white is the color of trust -- as Neeson's author writes -- aren't we all a little gray?
July 6, 2014
It makes sense that these people all seem puzzled. They're pieces.
July 2, 2014
Third Person falls into a kind of fugue state. The lines between characters become blurred, their respective losses and heartbreaks dissolving into a melancholy vapor. Or vapidity. Take your pick.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 1, 2014
"Third Person" staggers well over the two-hour mark only to self-destruct in a burst of overwrought cleverness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 27, 2014
Though Haggis has crafted an ambitious tale, it is way too complicated and convoluted.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 26, 2014
"Third Person" aims to be singular, but winds up being hoist on its own conceit: Fiction may not be real, but we're still supposed to believe at least a word of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
June 26, 2014
"Third Person" is Paul Haggis' best movie, and the one he has been building toward for years.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 26, 2014
Writer-director Paul Haggis' exasperating multistory drama about how hard it is for a nice, quiet, sensitive guy to be left alone to write an exasperating multistory drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
June 25, 2014
Haggis has written and directed better films than "Third Person," and I bet he'll make even better ones in the future.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 20, 2014
Another drama-orama that, like Crash, piles up stories that aren't all that much worth telling in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
June 20, 2014
It's not so much that Paul Haggis is a bad filmmaker but that his talents seem so unsuited to what he apparently wants to do.
June 20, 2014
The gimmick overwhelms the telling, causing us to expend too much energy into figuring out the connections between the characters instead of simply being drawn into their predicaments and empathizing with them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 20, 2014
It gets too clever - perhaps a sign of those 20, or 50, endlessly tweaked different drafts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 19, 2014
The muddled concept is forced to the point of breaking, the writing overheated and the story arc grimly perplexing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 19, 2014
"Third Person" maddens far more than it intrigues. Indeed, more curious than anything about the movie itself is how such an artistic stumble happened.
June 19, 2014
By the time we're done taking in the sights and Haggis finally coughs up his third-act puzzle-box twist, it comes off as a big metaphysical So What.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
June 19, 2014
Almost everything in it - including every mannered look on the faces of the hard-working actors - brings about a cringe.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
June 19, 2014
The storytelling is infuriatingly coy, as if Mr. Haggis were trying to fool you (and himself) into thinking that he has something to say.
June 19, 2014
If the film didn't take its own intended profundity so seriously, it might get a pass.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
June 19, 2014
The movie is based on a fundamental miscalculation-that our desire to penetrate its mysteries will trump our need for people to care about.
June 19, 2014
Haggis' ambition is admirable, especially without the cushion of ironic detachment. But what's on screen is a meandering mess, more satisfying to dissect in retrospect than to live with in the moment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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June 19, 2014
Clumsy and contrived, the film never manages to connect the dots in a trio of stories set in three different cities, and I had to pinch myself to keep from falling asleep.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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June 19, 2014
Haggis has tackled his own penchant for heavy-handedness with a typically heavy hand. Those who groaned through Crash will find plenty to groan about here, too.
Full Review | Original Score: D
June 18, 2014
His cast is terrific but it's embarrassing to watch them embrace Haggis' screaming nonsense, like walking in on Laurence Olivier in the bathroom
Full Review | Original Score: D
June 18, 2014
"Third Person" has nothing to say and spends 2 1/2 hours not saying it.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
June 18, 2014
Third Person is the kind of eccentric and emotionally exhausting movie whose ardent sincerity remains in memory after smoother, more conventional works have passed into oblivion.
June 18, 2014
This really is one of the dark-horse pictures of the year. Its deepest feelings are for narrative puzzle and its solutions, so it is some way from the blunt emotional impact usually associated with movie success. See it once; see it twice.
June 18, 2014
The narrative pileup feels like a game of Indiewood channel surfing, toggling between several mediocre options.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 17, 2014
It's a nifty construction - three parallel and sometimes interlocking love stories, each of them tricky in themselves - and even if you see some of its twists coming, you won't see all of them.
June 16, 2014
An excellent ensemble cast, led by Liam Neeson, Adrien Brody, Mila Kunis and James Franco doesn't disappoint, though they struggle to keep things afloat over a running time of more than two hours.
April 21, 2014
Though virtually every twist on this emotional roller coaster feels preordained by its architect, the director leaves certain mysteries for the audience to interpret, making for a more open-ended and mature work all around.
September 11, 2013
Third Person is a work of staggering trash; an ensemble drama with the aesthetic of an in-flight magazine, but less classy writing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5