• Released
  • May 30, 2003
  • NR
  • Black Comedy
    Melodrama
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100

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
This strikingly unusual movie is at once an old-fashioned melodrama, a boldly stylized spectacle, and a very grim fairy tale, acted and directed with originality and flair.
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70

Variety

By Deborah Young
Fresh and offbeat tale of vendetta.
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60

Film Threat

By Eric Campos
This Brazilian thriller blows a heck of a lot of hot air, but really doesn’t deliver on the ass-kickings it so threatens.
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50

Village Voice

By Leslie Camhi
He's (director Abranches) so focused on creating a strikingly mannerist visual style that he forgets to flesh out his plot and characters.
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50

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Abranches intends for a religious parable by way of Greek tragedy, but the film drowns in a morass of portentous signs and poetic symbols.
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40

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
The film has all the pregnant pauses, exaggerated reaction shots and melodramatic scoring of an overripe telenovela, but, unlike a good soap opera, the sisters' separate story lines are clumsily balanced.
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40

The New York Times

By Pauline Kael
Its emotional climate is too extreme to invite identification, and its characters are too single-minded in their revenge to evoke pity, terror or even much interest.
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30

The A.V. Club

By Noel Murray
A series of third-act complications provides much-needed narrative surprise, but until then, The Three Marias is a disappointingly flavorless genre exercise.
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25

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
The leaden pacing, somnambulant performances and incessant symbolism in nearly every shot will soon have you thinking that The Three Marias is three too many.
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45 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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