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
67% 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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Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons

Arguably their weakest film in years.

Full Review Source: Dark Horizons | Original Score: 4/10

December 16, 2001
Victoria Alexander

It's James M. Cain without the prevailing sexual tension and without characters pleasuring themselves in deceit.

Full Review

November 9, 2001
Todd McCarthy
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The film holds the interest, to be sure, but more due to the sure sense of craft and precise effect that one expects from the Coens than from genuine involvement in the story.

Full Review Source: Variety

November 7, 2007
Christopher Null

Merely Z-grade noir full of weird non-sequiturs

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 14, 2001
Erik Childress

Plays like Death of a Salesman without all the hard-hitting action.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/4

October 30, 2001
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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There's a fine distinction between the cool and the comatose and, punishingly slow, The Man Who Wasn't There repeatedly drifts over the line.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

October 30, 2001
Tom Long
Detroit News
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A noble failure in the canon of America's best sibling film team, a movie that was there just a bit too long.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: 1/4

November 11, 2001
David Keyes

Ed may be very well be the man who wasn't there, but that's not the only thing absent from this letdown of a motion picture.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/4

December 23, 2001
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

A perfectly executed illustration of what is not, quite, great about the Coen brothers, which is a kind of grandstanding, and another kind of weirdly alienating insincerity.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph

October 19, 2003

A case of style over substance - Coens or not.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 13, 2003
Dustin Putman

Knowing that such a wasteful project was done by such talents as Joel and Ethan Coen makes the outcome all the more mindbogglingly weak.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 1.5/4

November 8, 2001
Saul Austerlitz
Film Threat

The resulting hodgepodge is a medley of the brothers' favorite verbal and visual tics, making much noise and signifying nothing.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 2/5

December 8, 2002
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies

A more outwardly dramatic offering than what we're used to seeing from the brothers, and, without the usual doses of droll comedy to keep the story moving, the weakness of a petering final act feels magnified.

Full Review Source: Window to the Movies | Original Score: 6/10

July 12, 2002
Mark Freeman
Critical Eye

''s so relentlessly referential that The Man Who Wasn't There slips almost into claustrophobia.'

December 28, 2001
Scott Von Doviak

Even for longtime Coen fans, this is a movie that isn't all there.

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November 2, 2001
Alex Keen

The characters lack the spark that is required in a Noir.

Full Review Source: Trades

September 24, 2001
Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
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Elegant but cold and meandering homage to film noir.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

October 31, 2001
Andrew O'Hehir
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A frustrating experience even by Coen standards.

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October 31, 2001
Dave Kehr

Falls frustratingly short of its potential, thanks to the Coens' inability to construct a fluid narrative or respect characters enough to make them more than live-action cartoons.

Full Review Source: Citysearch

November 1, 2001
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette

Yes it may be brilliant, but it's not entertaining, which is something that the Coens usually are.

November 1, 2001
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
November 2, 2001
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

American cinema is alive and well.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

August 17, 2002
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