Three Kings takes a comfortable proletarian view of Desert Storm.
Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly
Though Russell is most impressive for his writing and his immensely witty direction of actors, Three Kings begins by placing its emphasis firmly elsewhere.
Janet Maslin — New York Times
Three Kings rules.
Susan Wloszczyna — USA Today
Three Kings is a resourceful and even witty film that irreverently reinvents the war movie.
Jay Carr — Boston Globe
Vigor, intelligence and eyes kept open makes Three Kings a top-of-the-line war-action movie.
Jeff Millar — Houston Chronicle
On any hip-o-meter, Three Kings rules.
Philip Wuntch — Dallas Morning News
Steven Rosen — Denver Post
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.
Peter Rainer — New York Magazine
Three Kings is a dark, zesty, live-wire action-adventure comedy.
Michael Wilmington — Chicago Tribune
A damning yet idealistic satire about the motives behind U.S. foreign policy.
Lisa Alspector — Chicago Reader
Artsy style overpowers message in Three Kings.
Susan Stark — Detroit News
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.
Todd McCarthy — Variety
An original and brilliant combination of comedy, action and sophisticated political comment.
Jonathan Foreman — New York Post
Jay Boyar — Orlando Sentinel
Three Kings manages to venture into places that most American films never go.
Robert Horton — Film.com
Possibly the best wartime comedy since Robert Altman's M*A*S*H.
Sean Means — Film.com
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.
Rick Groen — Globe and Mail
Three Kings is one of the most exciting Hollywood action films in years, and the best Vietnam movie since Apocalypse Now.
Andrew O'Hehir — Salon.com
Interesting and occasionally exhilarating.
James Berardinelli — ReelViews
David O. Russell's nervy attempt to reinvent the war movie and a further step in the evolution of an audacious and entertaining filmmaker.
Kenneth Turan — Los Angeles Times
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