Movies Like The Man Who Wasn't There


91% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes Jul 11
100% Boyhood Jul 11
15% Rage Jul 11
21% A Long Way Down Jul 11
—— The Class Of '92 Jul 08

Top Box Office

17% Transformers: Age of Extinction $37.1M
23% Tammy $21.6M
85% 22 Jump Street $9.8M
30% Deliver Us from Evil $9.7M
92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 $9.0M
47% Earth to Echo $8.4M
49% Maleficent $6.2M
53% Jersey Boys $5.2M
24% Think Like a Man Too $4.9M
90% Edge of Tomorrow $3.7M

Coming Soon

—— The Purge: Anarchy Jul 18
—— Sex Tape Jul 18
42% Wish I Was Here Jul 18
—— Hercules Jul 25
—— Lucy Jul 25

Premieres Tonight

100% Masters of Sex: Season 2
60% Ray Donovan: Season 2
79% The Strain: Season 1

New Episodes Tonight

—— Devious Maids: Season 2
—— Endeavour: Season 2
100% Falling Skies: Season 4
79% Halt and Catch Fire: Season 1
64% The Last Ship: Season 1
100% Last Tango in Halifax: Season 2
69% The Leftovers: Season 1
50% The Musketeers: Season 1
46% Reckless: Season 1
54% Salem: Season 1
50% True Blood: Season 7
—— Unforgettable: Season 2
80% Vicious: Season 1
—— Witches of East End: Season 2

Certified Fresh TV

—— 24: Live Another Day: Season 9
84% Extant: Season 1
79% Halt and Catch Fire: Season 1
73% Murder in the First: Season 1
97% Orange is the New Black: Season 2
97% Orphan Black: Season 2
79% Penny Dreadful: Season 1
84% Welcome to Sweden: Season 1

The Man Who Wasn't There Reviews

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Michael Nordine
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Ed's problem isn't so much that he isn't there but that, when you finally catch a glimpse of him, there's no way to be sure exactly what has caught your gaze.

Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You

October 14, 2011
Emanuel Levy

This stylized black and white noir by the Joel and Ethan Coen is meticulously mounted but too emotionally detached and only sporadically engaging.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B

April 1, 2011
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Some mature themes--best for older teens.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

December 28, 2010
Nick Rogers

Few outside of Coen cliques paid this nihilistic neo-noir much attention. Perhaps that's its wryest, slyest punchline: To watch Ed Crane is to largely forget him and, upon returning to him, revisit the pleasure of meeting him for the first time.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/4

September 19, 2010
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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Affectlessness is not a quality much prized in movie protagonists, but Billy Bob Thornton, that splendid actor, does it perfectly as Ed Crane.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

October 13, 2009
Philip French
Observer [UK]

As good a film as I've seen this year.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

November 7, 2007
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Joel and Ethan Coen stay true to their bent for dense heroes and neonoir, and to their unshakable conviction that life usually turns out to be splendidly horrific.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

November 7, 2007
Rob Gonsalves

Thornton does wonders within the tabula rasa of words and gestures he's limited to.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 5/5

September 27, 2007
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound

Mr. Shaloub injects some much needed energy into the film which otherwise feels long at two hours.

Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Original Score: 3/4

July 14, 2007
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

Slowly paced for a thriller and with a hero many will find off-putting, this is nevertheless a gripping, unusual and challenging work from the most consistently brilliant filmmakers of the last decade.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

December 30, 2006
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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In this the Coens' sly script is helped no end by Billy Bob Thornton's supremely eloquent performance as the taciturn tonsor, lent terrific support from Frances McDormand as the wife.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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Despite the movie's humor and sense of irony, it takes on a sense of somberness as it progresses.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: A

July 21, 2005
Stuart Klawans
The Nation

It's perfectly, elegantly reticent about its subject matter, as suits both the theme and the tradition of film noir (a type of filmmaking that thrives on unstated motives).

March 3, 2005
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

You've heard of a 'vacant stare'; now you know what it's like for the person staring.

| Original Score: B

December 6, 2004
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Thornton's ultra low key performance is a plus, as is the effectively moody, black and white cinematography.

Full Review | Original Score: B-

October 30, 2004
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

Once again, Ethan and Joel Coen have twisted a film genre into something new.

Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY) | Original Score: 3/4

June 23, 2004
Michael Szymanski

Joel and Ethan Coen have created an excellent film that intelligent audiences should really appreciate.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 24, 2004
Harry Guerin
RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

Makes people wish they could still light up in cinemas. It might not be the Coens at their best, but they still blow smoke in the faces of all the competition.

Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland) | Original Score: 3/5

May 22, 2003
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly

The Coen Brothers continue to trick up the past, skewing film noir and the late '40s through their deadpan sensibility.

| Original Score: 3/4

May 20, 2003
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online

A quiet, contemplative noir thriller with a look and tone uncannily reminiscent of Hitchcock and a slow, brooding pace that at times undermines its effectiveness.

Full Review Source: Film Quips Online | Original Score: 4/5

February 8, 2003
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

American cinema is alive and well.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

August 17, 2002
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
November 2, 2001
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