Three Kings
Three Kings (1999)

The Gulf War is over, and three soldiers want to go home rich. Major Archie Gates retires in two weeks. Sergeant Troy Barlow is a new father. Chief Elgin is on a four-month paid vacation from Detroit. Saddam Hussein stole a great deal of… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 1, 1999
DVD Release Date: September 4, 2001
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Three Kings successfully blends elements of action, drama, and comedy into a thoughtful, exciting movie on the Gulf War.

Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader

A damning yet idealistic satire about the motives behind U.S. foreign policy.

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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

Ultimately, instead of drawing us in, his swagger and the dazzle of his pyrotechnics keep us at a remove from the savagery. They become abstractions, too.

Emanuel Levy

One of Hollywood's few films about the Gulf War, David O. Russell's Three Kings is an original war feature that's effective as a social satire as well as political critique.

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Time Out

The last reel descends into a muddle of trade-offs, heroic about-turns and romanticised rebels, but this is defiant, provocative cinema; Russell may yet prove a film-maker to treasure.

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Roger Ebert
At the Movies

It has the freedom and recklessness of Oliver Stone or Robert Altman in their mad-dog days, and a visual style that hungers for impact.

Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

Violent, liberal George Clooney Gulf War caper.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

No, Three Kings is not a great picture, but it is a very good one, perhaps the first feature of merit to come out of the Gulf War.

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Todd McCarthy

The first Hollywood feature to take on the 1991 Gulf War, Three Kings does so in an impudently comic, stylistically aggressive and, finally, very thoughtful manner.

Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons

Ithis is a career making movie, then its writer/director David O. Russell who deserves the credit with this very creative effort from the debut filmmaker.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Bruce Bruce
This is quite simply the best anti-war movie since Catch 22. Wild, whacko, irreverent, chaotic, you are never sure what will happen next or where your loyalties… More
Chris Weber
I thought I had previously rated and reviewed this, but I guess not. Directed by David O. Russell, this is a movie based on a true story about three American… More
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Candy Rose
Based on true story, this is an action movie about three soldiers who seek treasure for themselves at the end of the Gulf war. They are torn between their own… More
Christian C
A great war film with flawed, unheroic characters. Captures the mercenary spirit of (some) soldiers which undoubtedly exists but is rarely portrayed in war… More
Film Crazy
I wasnt overly fond of this movie, although critically acclaimed it failed to impress me. Maybe because ive seen so many war movies that they arent as… More