• Released
  • May 30, 2003
  • NR
  • Black Comedy
    Melodrama
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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Rated NR