Three Christs

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Three Christs
Three Christs poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJon Avnet
Screenplay by
Based onThe Three Christs of Ypsilanti
by Milton Rokeach
Produced byDaniel Levin
Molly Hassell
Jon Avnet
Aaron Stern[1]
CinematographyDenis Lenoir
Edited byPatrick J. Don Vito
Music byJeff Russo
  • Brooklyn Films
  • Highland Film Group
  • Narrative Capital
Distributed byIFC Films
Release date
  • September 12, 2017 (2017-09-12) (TIFF)
  • January 10, 2020 (2020-01-10) (United States)
Running time
109 minutes[2][3][4][5]
CountryUnited States
Box office$37,788[3][2]

Three Christs, also known as State of Mind,[6] is a 2017 American drama film directed, co-produced, and co-written by Jon Avnet and based on Milton Rokeach's nonfiction book The Three Christs of Ypsilanti. It screened in the Gala Presentations section at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.[7][8][9] The film is also known as: Three Christs of Ypsilanti, The Three Christs of Ypsilanti, Three Christs of Santa Monica, and The Three Christs of Santa Monica.[5]


The film is an adaptation of The Three Christs of Ypsilanti,[10] Rokeach's 1964 book-length psychiatric case study of three patients whose paranoid schizophrenic delusions cause each of them to believe he is Jesus Christ.[11]



Three Christs began filming in New York in the summer of 2016.[12] Three short scenes, shot in downtown Ypsilanti, were included in the film.


The film had its world premiere in the Gala Presentations section at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.[7][8][9] It was released in theaters and on VOD by IFC Films on January 10, 2020.[13][2][4] It was released on Shout Factory on June 16, 2020.[2]


Critical response[edit]

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 43% based on 46 reviews, with an average rating of 5.20/10. The website's critics consensus reads, "Three Christs is far from an unholy mess, but this fact-based drama forsakes its talented cast with a disappointingly facile treatment of genuinely interesting themes."[4] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 39 out of 100, based on 19 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[14]


  1. ^ "Three Christs" Toronto International Film Festival. Retrieved 2017-09-19.
  2. ^ a b c d "Three Christs (2019)". The Numbers. Nash Information Services. Retrieved February 7, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Three Christs (2019)". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved February 6, 2020.
  4. ^ a b c "Three Christs (2020)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved September 29, 2020.
  5. ^ a b "Turner Classic Movies - Three Christs". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved February 5, 2020.
  6. ^ "State of Mind - Movies on Google Play". Retrieved March 6, 2021.
  7. ^ a b Pond, Steve (August 15, 2017). "Aaron Sorkin, Brie Larson, Louis CK Movies Added to Toronto Film Festival Lineup". TheWrap. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  8. ^ a b Roxborough, Scott (October 9, 2017). "Toronto According to ... Exec Daniel Levin". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 19, 2017.
  9. ^ a b Hammond, Pete (September 7, 2017). ""Washington, Chastain, Gyllenhaal, Cumberbatch, Garfield & More Look For Oscar Boost At Toronto"". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 19, 2017.
  10. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (May 9, 2016). "Cannes: Richard Gere to Star in Jon Avnet's 'Three Christs'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
  11. ^ McNary, Dave (June 23, 2016). "Julianna Margulies in Talks to Join 'The Three Christs' With Richard Gere". Variety. Retrieved August 10, 2017.
  12. ^ Perkins, Tom (August 8, 2016). "'The Three Christs of Ypsilanti' starring Richard Gere filming in New York". The Ann Arbor News. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
  13. ^ Reimann, Tom (November 25, 2019). "Watch the New Trailer for 'Three Christs' Starring Richard Gere and Peter Dinklage". Collider. Retrieved December 7, 2019.
  14. ^ "Three Christs Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved September 29, 2020.

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