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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

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"Mendelsohn's dialogue is, for the most part, as spare as poetry, and the three stories are woven together masterfully and acquire a gleaming aura that's almost pastoral."
‑ Bruce Diones, New Yorker
"My mind kept wandering."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"This dark, well-acted suburban tale is follow-up to the gifted Mendleson's most promising feature debut"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Unlike those indie directors whose feel-good, P.C. claptrap predictably gets praised by the very people it flatters, Mendelsohn makes suburban poetry that opposes the way middle-class film culture likes to fantasize itself."
‑ Armond White, New York Press
"Tries to give suburban malaise a fresh spin with dreamlike visuals and overbearing music."
‑ Geoff Berkshire, Metromix.com
"Little is left to chance, and every detail contributes to a tightly schematic, microcosmic poetic concept."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"A story in which poor real folks are granted perspective only by brushing up against starlets, accidents, and villains of the tabloid press."
‑ Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice
"And although Mendelsohn maintains a certain cool detachment, he also allows the film to occasionally soar in unexpected ways."
‑ Beth Accomando, KPBS.org
"It may not be the Long Island the natives are more accustomed to, but that sense of place from a prism of both wonderment and despair, is deep into the moment of those physical and human worlds alike, playing out sensually and emotionally in suburbia."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"At once lyrical and mysterious, familiar yet enigmatic...It's a movie that raises more questions than it answers. It leaves you feeling haunted and touched."
‑ Marshall Fine, Hollywood & Fine
"Well-acted and acutely observed, the sort of cerebral fare you can more typically find on HBO than in theaters these days."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"The movie has none of the smugness of American Beauty: You could dream of living in a world like this."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Mendelsohn may believe he's presenting an unvarnished look at middle-class America, but if these kinds of people exist, you won't recognize them."
‑ Tricia Olszewski, Washington City Paper
"Three lives intersect over the course of a fall day in Long Island in Eric Mendelsohn's dazzling and delicate independent drama 3 Backyards."
‑ Steve Ramos, Boxoffice Magazine
"Eric Mendelsohn's first film since 1999's Judy Berlin suggests Little Children as helmed by a nature documentarian."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
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