(2004)

Critic Reviews

72

Metascore

Based on 28 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
Quiet, mysterious, sometimes violent, ultimately close to sublime.
90
Wall Street Journal
Despite its cargo of meaning, 3-Iron feels marvelously weightless, like the lovers as they stand on a scale that the hero has fixed.
88
ReelViews
This enigmatic and in some ways maddening motion picture has the power to haunt every viewer it reaches.
75
Entertainment Weekly
3-Iron is like a Raymond Carver story that slowly, inexorably takes on the dimensions of a ghostly fairy tale.
75
The sooner you let yourself go with Kim's flow, the more likely you are to come away satisfied. Think of it as South Korea's answer to "Memento," just don't think too hard.
75
Dreamlike and the slightest bit precious, the film is a beautiful, over-cultivated hothouse flower.
75
Miami Herald
Beguilingly odd.
75
New York Post
Kim's wittiest effort to date, with a wordless performance by Jae Hee that recalls Keaton and Chaplin.
63
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
As a writer-director, he's (Kim Ki-Duk) a wizard with the camera but a plebe with a pen. His latest, 3-Iron, continues the frustrating trend.
60
The Hollywood Reporter
The result is slightly less interesting and less appealing even as arthouse fare.
50
New York Daily News
There is a vengeance motif that is worked out in a way that is both emotionally satisfying and completely unbelievable.

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