Three Christs

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Three Christs
Three Christs poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jon Avnet
Produced by Daniel Levin
Molly Hassell
Jon Avnet
Aaron Stern [1]
Screenplay by
Based on The Three Christs of Ypsilanti
by Milton Rokeach
Music by Jeff Russo
Cinematography Denis Lenoir
Edited byPatrick J. Don Vito
  • Brooklyn Films
  • Highland Film Group
  • Narrative Capital
Distributed by IFC 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

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]

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