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Hannah and Simon have been a couple for 20 years. They live in Berlin, side by side in combative harmony. They are attractive, modern, mature, childless, cultivated, down-to-earth. Affairs, wanting children, moving in together, miscarriage, fleeing and returning; this anchorwoman and art technician have put a lot behind them, but they don't have so much ahead of them anymore. That is until both, without knowing about the other's actions, fall in love with the same man, Adam. -- (C) Strand
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 45%

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"The film is successful in an absorbing sort of way, but underwhelming."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"It's a funny, fearless, suspenseful sex comedy that, in drawing on science and philosophy and art and death, risks accusations of pretentiousness."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"The movie's too sleek and chilly and doesn't exactly call to mind a warm, romantic comedy."
‑ Richard Knight, Knight at the Movies
"Modern to a fault."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"robust and tantalizing morsels of semiotics, synchronicity, existential identity, with a romantic spirit at work that not only invokes, but also externalizes Hesse. Simple it is not, fascinating, absorbing, confusing, and enlightening it is"
‑ Andrea Chase, Killer Movie Reviews
"Tykwer's script is structured so that the audience knows more about the characters' connections than they do. As each faces a midlife crisis/turning point, fate sometimes appears to be calling the shots."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"Despite its fascinating and humorous moments, one can't help but be frustrated when at times it switches away to spiritual pretentiousness."
‑ Leba Hertz, San Francisco Chronicle
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‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
""Farewell to a deterministic understanding of biology," Adam suggests at one point. It's harder to shake off a formulaic notion of film."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
"Tykwer's new 3 is that it comes the closest of any of his films in the past 10 years to showing a little energy, a little life. But unfortunately, it's a bit overstuffed, and far too long for its simple theme."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Tykwer can't seem to turn Hanna, Simon and Adam into real people. They feel like pawns in the service of a more cerebral diversion than the game of life."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Rois has moments of desperate urgency and depth, but Twyker's love of parallels is finally done in by artsy shots of the threesome au naturel against stark white backdrops."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"The only legitimate connection that results from sex-driven deception and lack of communication is the marriage of your hand and forehead."
‑ Matt Pais, RedEye
"Narratively and stylistically, Tykwer turns the love triangle on its head, crafting an emotionally mature and complex film that's dense with the stuff of life."
‑ Annlee Ellingson, Paste Magazine
"Like all Tykwer films, hard to categorize. A blind-sided triangle romance? ... Let's settle on calling it an alarming comedy, part Billy Wilder, part Wim Wenders."
‑ Glenn Lovell, CinemaDope
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