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6,950 Ratings

21 Grams

United States, 2003


The story of three people whose lives and fate come together in a car crash. Academic Paul suffers from a fatal heart disease and is waiting for a transplant; Christina, a former drug addict, now leads a calm life with husband and children; Jack, a hot tempered ex-con, seeks redemption in religion.

Our take

An impressive follow-up to Amores perros, Iñárritu teamed up with Guillermo Arriaga once again for his English-language debut, complicating the former’s triptych structure in an entwined multi-plot drama. Both Naomi Watts & Benicio del Toro received Oscar nominations for their riveting performances.

21 Grams Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

2003 | Winner: Best Actor

Academy Awards

2004 | 2 nominations including: Best Actress in a Leading Role

21 Grams soars into the chilly empyrean of first-class film-making by virtue of the most traditional of values: sympathetic characters and clever plotting.
March 04, 2004
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Less soap operatic than truly operatic, it tackles the biggest questions of them all with compassion rather than egoism. You are not alone, this director seems to suggest, even if you think you are. The movie is about nothing less than faith.
January 01, 2004
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What gives the film a formalist kick is that the story unfolds piecemeal as a series of nonlinear moments. What gives it soul are the three lead actors who pull the pieces together with devastating power.
November 21, 2003
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