On the Count of Three

critic Reviews

, 85% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • It's occasionally uneven, but On the Count of Three finds director/star Jerrod Carmichael attempting an ambitious blend of drama and dark comedy -- and often succeeding.
  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Oliver JonesObserver
    Comfort has never felt more discomforting than it does in On the Count of Three, a profound new comedy about suicide, mental health, depression, and the absurd lengths we go to help the strange people we love.
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    Alison WillmoreNew York Magazine/Vulture
    On the Count of Three works more than it doesn’t, though the film, which is reaching theaters almost a year and a half after its Sundance 2021 debut, feels like something that its director and star has already outgrown.
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    A.A. DowdDigital Trends
    Carmichael takes the unhappiness of these men seriously. That’s the precise needle the movie threads: It finds comedy in two people at the very end of their ropes without turning their depression into the butt of the joke.
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    Carlos AguilarRogerEbert.com
    A rousing tragicomedy that straddles a line between incredibly calibrated gallows humor and a devastating discourse on the burden of existence.
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    Adam GrahamDetroit News
    It's bleak to the point of nothingness.
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    Michael O'SullivanWashington Post
    Carmichael clearly hasn’t set out to trivialize a serious subject. But the film may inadvertently end up doing that, by delivering a message that can be boiled down to a platitude...
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    Fletcher PowellKMUW - Wichita Public Radio
    There’s a sometimes uncomfortable tension between strained comedy and the more organic, emotional parts of the film. But Carmichael’s direction saves this.
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    Monique JonesCommon Sense Media
    A hard-to-watch dramedy about suicide.
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    Filipe FreitasAlways Good Movies
    Madness and reason play cat and mouse in a gratifying mess with the ability to extract "inappropriate" humor from tragic situations.
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    Matt ConwayBattle Royale With Cheese
    Equally provocative and profound, On the Count of Three tackles an often ignored conversation with the gravity it deserves.
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