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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 gold from Kuwait, and these soldiers have no problem with stealing it from him. But on their way to collect their booty, they bear witness to the the disturbing results of the war effort. President Bush has encouraged Iraqi citizens to fight back against Saddam and pledged to support them, but when they rise up, they get NO American support, and they're… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A damning yet idealistic satire about the motives behind U.S. foreign policy."
‑ Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader
"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/Vulture
"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Three Kings mightn't be the best thought-out or most reassuring movie of the year, but the more I think about it, the more I'm sure that it is one of the best."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"(The) screenplay abruptly changes tone after the first half-hour, eventually incorporating some genuinely harrowing sequences... The final picture becomes something noticeably deeper and smarter than its first reels suggest."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"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."
‑ , Time Out
"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, At the Movies
"Violent, liberal George Clooney Gulf War caper."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"It's amazing how much action can be crammed into a movie about a war where most soldiers didn't actually see any action. Three Kings has its fair share of shootouts, none that are merely squeezed in for guilty pleasures. Every shot fired is motivated by c"
‑ Radheyan Simonpillai,
"Worth watching."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
"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
"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
"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."
‑ Garth Franklin, Dark Horizons
"Far more intelligent and perceptive than most actioners, yet with enough thrills and spills to satisfy adrenaline junkies."
‑ , Film4
"With characters you can root for and a story that is both engaging and honest, Three Kings goes for the gold and comes out a winner."
‑ Gabriel Shanks, Mixed Reviews
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