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Based on 9 Reviews
critic reviews (9)
fan reviews ( 7 )
  • 40
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    From the insistently discordant score to each overthought shot, this triad of stories feels self-conscious and deliberately arty rather than heartfelt. show more

  • 50
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Smartly observed and precisely visualized, 3 Backyards is nonetheless a bore: We never care for any of the characters and their lives of "quiet desperation." show more

  • 63
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Well-acted and acutely observed. show more

  • 80
    Steve Ramos Boxoffice Magazine

    It's worth remembering that eleven years passed between "Judy Berlin" and 3 Backyards, both of which earned Mendelsohn best director prizes at Sundance. show more

  • 60
    Time Out New York

    Only Falco gets beyond being merely a symbol for suburban angst. show more

  • 90

    Helmer-writer Eric Mendelsohn returns with his first feature in a decade and the proposition that art film still has a place in the world -- which is an exhilarating idea, especially as represented by 3 Backyards, an exquisite example of calculated execution in pursuit of elusive ideas. show more

  • 80
    David Edelstein New York Magazine (Vulture)

    The movie has none of the smugness of "American Beauty": You could dream of living in a world like this. show more

  • 80
    Nick Pinkerton Village Voice

    Mendelsohn's first film since 1999's "Judy Berlin" is devoted to finding descriptive correlatives to liminal emotional states through the cast's eloquent reaction shots and the camera's depiction of homely environments - with ornate, flowing visual vocabulary. show more

  • 80
    Stephen Holden The New York Times

    Mr. Mendelsohn's ability to evoke a child's-eye view of a suburban environment is the most seductive element in a movie whose primary attraction is an atmosphere so heady that you can almost taste it. show more

  • July 24, 2011 llorsucram
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    Wow just saw the trailor and im giving it another bad review cuz that was terrible as well

  • July 18, 2011 Gene
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    This movie just sucks!

  • July 13, 2011 frankcammarano
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    Has to be one of the worse movies ever made. Just like watching paint dry. The scenes were usually out of focus and the camera shots were just awful. The movie is about nothing.

  • July 02, 2011 onealmedical
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    i loved this really dives into the complexities of human nature. rich characters who are changed and disturbed, at the same time.

  • April 04, 2011 kk00000000089319
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    First things first, there have been so many movies about suburban angst set on Long island that this movie is old hat even before it starts rolling. Note to the producer, there is plenty of angst everywhere. The staging of this train wreck also leaves much to be desired. At one point Edie Falco\'s character is driving her manic depressive actress neighbor to the Port Jeff ferry and there are are one minute driving through Port Jeff village, and then the next minute there having a melt down drama along the Long Beach causeway in Sag Harbor (near the Shelter island South Ferry). The zombie like business man is at one point asking for the location of a breakfast spot, and then it\'s the middle of the afternoon. The use of a run a way away dog (that thankfully is not hit by a car) adds nothing but un-needed anxiety (the human cast has this area covered). If your looking for some GOOD movies built around this theme try The Trees Lounge, Life and Death on Long island, L.I.E., or Two Family House (set in Staten island).

  • March 20, 2011 GeoffNYC58
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    This is truly one of the worst and most oppressive films I've ever endured. "amrchita's" review is spot on. It's dreary. It has a most annoying soundtrack that suggests dread and/or tragedy (and never delivers on either account). It's devoid of satisfying storytelling. It's truly an "arthouse" flick that's impressed with itself. FOUR people walked out on it. I tried to get my wife to help us make it six. The Village Voice "critic" likes the "cast's eloquent reaction shots" (which seem to run about 10-to-15 seconds too long) The dialogue is wooden and rings too many false notes. I like Edie Falco, but I cringed every time the film returned to her interminable storyline. Same with Elias Koteas, another actor I like. Not here.

  • March 18, 2011 amirchita
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    terrible and depressing movie. music is screechy, charactors are depressing and without a life, filming is poor, and even Northport looks bad. dont waste your time and money!

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