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No Country for Old Men (2007)



Critic Consensus: Bolstered by powerful lead performances from Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, and Tommy Lee Jones, No Country for Old Men finds the Coen brothers spinning cinematic gold out of Cormac McCarthy's grim, darkly funny novel.

Movie Info

When a Vietnam veteran discovers two million dollars while wandering through the aftermath of a Texas drug deal gone horribly awry, his decision to abscond with the cash sets off a violent chain reaction in a stripped-down crime drama from Joel and Ethan Coen. Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) has just stumbled into the find of a lifetime. Upon discovering a bullet-strewn pickup truck surrounded by the corpses of dead bodyguards, Moss uncovers two million dollars in cash and a substantial load of heroin stashed in the back of the vehicle. Later, as an enigmatic killer who determines the fate of his victims with the flip of a coin sets out in pursuit of Moss, the disillusioned Sheriff Bell (Tommy Lee Jones) struggles to contain the rapidly escalating violence that seems to be consuming his once-peaceful Lone Star State town. Woody Harrelson, Javier Bardem, and Kelly MacDonald co-star in a distinctly American crime story that explores timeless biblical themes in a contemporary Southwestern setting. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: R (for strong graphic violence and some language)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: ,
Written By: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 7, 2009
Box Office: $74.2M
Miramax Films - Official Site


Tommy Lee Jones
as Ed Tom Bell
Javier Bardem
as Anton Chigurh
Josh Brolin
as Llewelyn Moss
Woody Harrelson
as Carson Wells
Kelly Macdonald
as Carla Jean Moss
Tess Harper
as Loretta Bell
Stephen Root
as Man Who Hires Wells
Rodger Boyce
as El Paso Sheriff
Beth Grant
as Agnes--Carla Jean's ...
Ana Reeder
as Poolside Woman
Kit Gwin
as Molly--Sheriff Bell'...
Zach Hopkins
as Strangled Deputy
Chip Love
as Man In Ford
Gene Jones
as Gas Station Propriet...
Myk Watford
as 'Managerial' Victims
Boots Southerland
as 'Managerial' Victims
Kathy Lamkin
as Desert Aire Manager
Johnnie Hector
as Cabbie at Bus Statio...
Margaret Bowman
as Del Rio Motel Clerk
Thomas Kopache
as Boots Salesman
Rutherford Cravens
as Gun Store Clerk
Matthew Posey
as Sporting Goods Clerk
George Adelo
as Mexican In Bathtub
Mathew Greer
as Hitchhiking Driver
Trent Moore
as Nervous Accountant
Marc Miles
as Hotel Eagle Clerk
Philip Bentham
as Border Bridge Youth
Eric Reeves
as Border Bridge Youth
Josh Meyer
as Border Bridge Youth
Chris Warner
as Flatbed Driver
Brandon Smith
as INS Official
H. Roland Uribe
as Well Dressed Mexican
Richard Jackson
as Chicken Farmer
Josh Blaylock
as Boy On Bike
Caleb Landry Jones
as Boy On Bike
Dorsey Ray
as Odessa Cabbie
David A. Gomez
as Norteņo Band
Milton Hernandez
as Norteņo Band
John Mancha
as Norteņo Band
Jason Douglas
as Cabbie at Motel
Kit Gwin
as Molly--Sheriff Bell'...
Eric Reeves
as Border Bridge Youth
Luce Rains
as Pickup Driver
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Critic Reviews for No Country for Old Men

All Critics (265) | Top Critics (53)

Played by Spanish actor Javier Bardem, Chigurh is the most original bogeyman to bloody up the screen in a while.

Full Review… | February 22, 2015
Top Critic

One of the most thoughtful and startling snapshots of the human condition of the last ten years.

Full Review… | May 17, 2015

The last word on the modern-day western used to be Peckinpah's. No Country for Old Men is Peckinpah gone post-Peckinpah.

Full Review… | February 22, 2015
Financial Times

Beautifully photographed (by Roger Deakins) in leathery Texas tans, No Country For Old Men is filled with twists and surprises, hypnotically engaging from its very first scene.

Full Review… | February 22, 2015

From brutal start to ironic finish the movie's tension is constant.

Full Review… | February 22, 2015
Observer [UK]

I can't help feeling the film is ultimately hollow.

Full Review… | February 22, 2015
Independent on Sunday

Audience Reviews for No Country for Old Men


Based and followed almost to a tee of the book the movie has some of the most unexplainable violence ive ever seen.

John Manard

Super Reviewer


A phenomenal Western concerning discovered treasure and the troubles it brings for one individual (Josh Brolin), unbeknowest to him that a maniacal serial killer (Javier Bardem) won't rest until he has what's his. It has a beautiful take on the downward spiral humanity is in and the detachment many country folk feel from the current world advancing so fast in technology and forgetting their roots. Bardem is especially memorable as the villain, who is frightening all the way to the end. In my mind though, not worthy of the "Best Picture" honor it received at the Academy Awards that year (that belongs to "Into the Wild"), but still, a truly great film that has aged wonderfully.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer


A Texan welder stumbles across the aftermath of a drug deal gone wrong and helps himself to the $2 million in cash no-one is left alive to claim. Unfortunately he does not count on a single minded psychopathic killer with a tracking device...This film basically distills elements of all their best work and creates a cold and cynical statement on the state of man. Javier Bardem's character is the most chilling and amoral bastard you will ever see; on more than one occasion he reminded me of a terminator with bad hair, except more cold-blooded! The pursuit of the stolen money just leads to bloodshed and tragedy for all involved, many innocents dying for just being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The underlying theme is the randomness of life; good things DO NOT happen to good people and there is no karmic "masterplan". This means that the ending may leave some feeling a little cheated because things aren't tied up nicely into a complete and satisfying package as so many stories are conventionally presented. But the journey there is as gripping as anything you are going to see; it has the tension, brooding atmosphere and cynicism of Blood Simple, the pragmatic investigation by a dismayed lawman in a similar way to Fargo and the style and brutal violence of Miller's Crossing. The shoot out between Bardem and Brolin is one of the best I've ever seen, reminding me of Michael Mann meets Peckinpah with a dash of Assault On Precinct 13. It is a case of the journey being better than the destination, but any Coen brothers fan will not be disappointed; they are back to their best.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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