(2008)

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Metascore

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83
Ceylan has an unerring gift for camera placement, and his slow, measured scenes can be as hypnotic as they are lovely -- at times, too much so, with the characters constrained by his poetic perfection.
80
Ceylan’s departure from his moody sonatas "Distant" and "Climates" into more plotted film noir is equal parts Bresson and Buñuel, a merciless etching of the indiscreet charmlessness of the Turkish bourgeoisie, which sharply raises the stakes on that class’s petty hypocrisy and serial betrayals.
80
Unpredictable and gratifying, Three Monkeys emerges as a mordant cautionary tale on the contagiousness of corruption. It is rich in atmosphere.
80
Washington Post
It's a film filled with excellent acting, beautifully composed shots, and one or two legitimate storytelling surprises.
80
A film whose every shot seems lifted right off the wall of an art gallery and just as powerfully, if quietly, satisfying.
75
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
Though Three Monkeys feels conventional compared with Ceylan's other work, it maintains its auteurist imprint, especially the rich colour palette and suggestive HD camerawork that helped Ceylan take the best-director honours at Cannes this year.
75
This is powerful filmmaking for discerning viewers.
70
But gripping as the film often is, its unrelenting doom and gloom offers fewer lasting rewards.
70
Good pulp depends, above all, on a ruthless sense of economy, and Three Monkeys is just a bit too profligate, too fancy, to be entirely convincing.
50
Village Voice
The heavy mood of indolence and rage, calibrated with ellipses in action, is stifling--everyone seems to move in a queasy haze.

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