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Robert Altman's Three Women takes a surreal, improvisational and rather eerie look at the lives of three women in a western desert town. The plot centers around the youngest of the women, Pinky (Sissy Spacek), an eccentric, withdrawn woman trying to begin a new life. She finds work as an attendant at a hot springs spa catering to the elderly and infirm. There she befriends her co-worker Millie (Shelley Duvall), an equally strange but more outgoing woman; the two bond, and are soon sharing an apartment. Pinky becomes increasingly dependent on Millie, eventually adopting aspects of her… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Like a dream, it is most mysterious and allusive when it appears to be most precise and direct, when its images are of the recognizable world unretouched (as happens in the film from time to time) by camera filters or lab technicians."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"A gauzy, perfectly executed vacation in Doppelgänger-burg."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"3 Women is definitely a slow burn of a movie, but it's also amazing how well it taps into and visualizes the subconscious. Nothing is spelled out by Altman, who wants the audience to interpret the film's meaning for themselves."
‑ Eric Melin, Scene-Stealers.com
"Either a maddening essay in pointlessness, or a deeply involving work that leaves the viewer unnerved and off-balance. Which response occurs depends entirely on the viewer."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"[A] strange, beautiful and funny film."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"I have seen it many times, been through it twice in shot-by-shot analysis, and yet it always seems to be happening as I watch it. Recurring dreams are like that."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Robert Altman's would-be American art film (1977) is murky, snide, and sloppy."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Absorbing until it crashes in a tiresome manner trying to be too inexplicably symbolic."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"An incisive portrait of psychological alienation."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"Drawing similarities to the central relationship in Persona, Altman's impressionist work is difficult but, in its own way, sort of perfect."
‑ Mark Palermo, Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
"A spectacular artistic success."
‑ Douglas Pratt, Hollywood Reporter
"Insinuates itself into your skull, and earwig-like proceeds to consume all you thought you knew of ontological security"
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"The first half...is some of Altman's best stuff. The second half downgrades into rather pretentious and dithering malarkey"
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"Fascinating, elliptical and enigmantic ... authentic Altman. Altman."
‑ Carol Cling, Las Vegas Review-Journal
"[Altman] pushed even harder against the envelope and in the process created a highly unusual and wholly original picture."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
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