Third Person is a 2013 romantic drama film directed and written by Paul Haggis and starring an ensemble cast consisting of Liam Neeson, Mila Kunis, Adrien Brody, Olivia Wilde, James Franco, Moran Atias, Kim Basinger, and Maria Bello.[3] The film premiered at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival.[4]

Third Person
Theatrical release poster
Directed byPaul Haggis
Written byPaul Haggis
Produced by
CinematographyGianfilippo Corticelli
Edited byJo Francis
Music byDario Marianelli
  • Corsan
  • Highway 61 Films
  • Volten
  • Lailaps Pictures
  • Filmfinance XII
Distributed by
Release dates
  • 9 September 2013 (2013-09-09) (TIFF)
  • 20 June 2014 (2014-06-20) (United States, limited)
Running time
137 minutes
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Germany
  • Belgium[1]
Box office$2.6 million[2]



The film tells three inter-connected love stories that take place in Paris, New York and Italy (Rome and Taranto).

Paris: Michael, a writer who recently left his wife Elaine, receives a visit from his lover Anna. The story explores their very complicated on/off relationship due to her inability to commit because of a terrible secret.[5]

New York: Julia, an ex-soap opera actress turned hotel maid is accused of harming her young son, a charge which she firmly denies. As a result of these charges, he is now in the custody of her ex-husband Rick who is trying everything in his power to take the boy away from her. Meanwhile, she is trying at all costs to regain custody of her son.

Rome and Taranto: Scott, an American business man on a trip to Italy, falls in love with a Romani woman, Monika. Scott is inevitably drawn into a plot where he tries to free Monika's daughter who has been kidnapped by an Italian gangster in Taranto city and is being held for ransom. Emotions run high as the viewer and Scott question whether this is a set up or not.





The first international trailer of the film was released on 15 April 2014,[6] followed by a domestic poster the following day.[7] The first US trailer was released on 18 April.[8] The film was released in the United States on 20 June 2014.



Box office


Third Person had a limited release on June 20, 2014 and grossed $1,021,398 in the United States and Canada and $1,603,363 in other territories for a worldwide total of $2,624,761.[2]

Critical response


Third Person received negative reviews from critics. The film has a 26% approval rating on the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 105 reviews with an average rating of 4.50/10, with the consensus: "Third Person finds writer-director Paul Haggis working with a stellar cast and a worthy premise; unfortunately, he fails to fashion a consistently compelling movie out of the intriguing ingredients at his disposal."[9] Metacritic gave the film a rating of 38/100, based on 33 reviews.[10]

Home media


The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on 30 September 2014.[11][12]


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  2. ^ a b c "Third Person". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 12 July 2021.
  3. ^ Eisenberg, Eric (17 October 2012). "Maria Bello Joins Liam Neeson and Olivia Wilde in Third Person". Cinema Blend. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  4. ^ Shoard, Catherine (23 July 2012). "Toronto film festival 2013: The Fifth Estate to open packed Oscars preview". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 June 2013.
  5. ^ "Third Person (2013): Plot Summary". Internet Movie Database.
  6. ^ McDaniel, Matt (15 April 2014). "'Third Person' Trailer: Liam Neeson and Co-Stars Leave Their Comfort Zone". Yahoo Movies. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
  7. ^ "Third Person poster". IMP Awards. Retrieved 19 April 2014.
  8. ^ Anderton, Ethan (18 April 2014). "Liam Neeson Writes Melodrama in First US Trailer for 'Third Person'". Retrieved 19 April 2014.
  9. ^ "Third Person". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 1 April 2024.
  10. ^ "Third Person". Metacritic. Retrieved 13 May 2020.
  11. ^ O'Connell, Max (30 September 2014). "This Week in Home Video: 'Once Upon a Time in America' Director's Cut, 'Ali: Fear Eats the Soul'". Indiewire. Retrieved 13 May 2020.
  12. ^ "Third Person". DVD Release Dates. Retrieved 5 October 2014.