Three Identical Strangers

    Three Identical Strangers


    New York, 1980. Three complete strangers accidentally discover that they're identical triplets, separated at birth. The 19-year-olds' joyous reunion catapults them to international fame, but also unlocks an extraordinary and disturbing secret that goes beyond their own lives – and could transform our understanding of human nature forever.

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    • David KellmanSelf
    • Robert ShafranSelf
    • Edward GallandSelf (archive footage)
    • Lawrence WrightSelf


    • 90


      Wardle spent five years making Three Identical Strangers after several other filmmakers had given up on this subject because they were always hitting a dead end, and so he deserves credit for journalistic doggedness and also for making a documentary that plays like a nerve-jangling thriller.
    • 83

      The A.V. Club

      So bizarre is this story that its most mundane aspects take on a certain profundity. Even when Three Identical Strangers falters, it fascinates, and that’s a claim very few documentaries can make.
    • 80

      The Hollywood Reporter

      This is a strange, ultimately quite distressing story touched by tragedy, told by Wardle with great skill and compassion in a brisk, consistently absorbing package.
    • 80

      Screen Daily

      Where some see coincidence, Wardle finds a true-life conspiracy, and pursues it all the way to conclusion after gripping conclusion.
    • 80


      A gripping, stranger-than-fiction account of a real-world medical conspiracy, the film begins as a human-interest story and builds to an impressive work of investigative journalism into how and why they were placed with the families who raised them.
    • 80

      The New York Times

      Mr. Wardle relates that story smoothly and persuasively, but his telling sometimes provokes more questions than it answers.
    • 75


      Three Identical Strangers does a solid job laying out a story that’s both remarkable and repulsive in equal measures.
    • 70

      The New Yorker

      Prepare to be surprised by joy, at the outset, and to wind up baffled and sad. Not that the saga is complete; many of the relevant files, at Yale, will not be unsealed until 2066. Less than fifty years to go. I can’t wait.

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