3 Women
3 Women (1977)

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 The plot centers around the youngest of the women, Pinky (Sissy Spacek), an eccentric, withdrawn… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: April 3, 1977
DVD Release Date: April 20, 2004
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: 3 Women is a strange, eerie portrait of late-'70s womanhood that upends and then defies all expectations.

Michael Sragow
New Yorker

Throughout, Duvall is brilliant: she coins a brand-new caricature of the confident yet clueless single female, then suggests a real person underneath.

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Douglas Pratt
Hollywood Reporter

A spectacular artistic success.

Michelle Devereaux
The Skinny

Altman's signature telephoto framing, omnipresent murals depicting demon-like creatures, and an atonal score add a creeping menace to uncanny California desert settings.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

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.

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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

A gauzy, perfectly executed vacation in Doppelgänger-burg.

Wendy Ide
Times (UK)

The result is remarkable -- a semi-lucid, feverish tale of female relationships that disintegrates into a kind of woozy, oppressive madness.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Robert Altman's would-be American art film (1977) is murky, snide, and sloppy.

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Melissa Anderson

The film is rich in brilliant oddities and juxtapositions, never more so than when Duvall and Spacek are encompassed in the same frame.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
2nd time watching this, still can't claim to understand the ending, but wow, such a good movie. Really enjoyed the relationship between these two women.… More
William Dunmyer
When "3 Women" came out, I was 11. I have no memory of its release. Even at that young age, I paid careful attention to film. If "3 Women"… More
Greg S
Wide-eyed Pinky (Sissy Spacek) latches onto delusional Millie (Shelly Duval) until an accident causes a radical personality shift. Fascinating, subtly unnerving… More
Graham Jones
Altman's surreal masterpiece and Shelley Duvall's greatest performance.
Stefanie C
'She tries not to shatter, kaleidoscope style Personality changes behind her red smile Every new problem brings a stranger inside Heplessly forcing one… More
Randy Tippy
Robert Altman writes, produces and directs this film about the confluence of three 'damaged' women and their problematic interactions. The plot seems… More