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No Country for Old Men (2007)

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Average Rating: 8.6/10
Reviews Counted: 237
Fresh: 223 | Rotten: 14

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.

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Average Rating: 8.4/10
Critic Reviews: 52
Fresh: 47 | Rotten: 5

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.

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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

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For a film that traffics in implacable malice, this movie remains remarkably grounded in the everyday.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: NPR.org
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McCarthy's ferocious tale gives the Coens room to unleash their cinematic gifts, but keeps them from wandering too far afield and losing themselves in the marshes of technical prowess or easy irony.

September 18, 2008 Full Review Source: The New Republic
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A masterly tale of the good, the deranged and the doomed that inflects the raw violence of the west with a wry acknowledgement of the demise of codes of honour, this is frighteningly intelligent and imaginative.

January 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out
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With its dizzying alternations of comedy and horror, the film is unmistakably a Coen brothers movie -- albeit a much better one than they've made in a while.

November 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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No Country for Old Men looks into the unfathomable depths of evil and poses existential questions about human destiny. Meanwhile, it takes your breath away.

November 17, 2007 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Joel and Ethan Coen have directed their best film since Fargo more than a decade ago.

November 17, 2007 Full Review Source: USA Today
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The Coen brothers' No Country for Old Men is a rare example of a too-faithful adaptation of a novel, one that stubbornly refuses to explore and expound upon what the text readily provides.

March 23, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine
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It's been a long time since Joel and Ethan Coen took themselves this seriously. Perhaps since 1991's Barton Fink. The result is suspenseful and uncompromising.

January 22, 2014 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
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The cinematic American West is vast enough for us to fill with our imaginations, taking a simple shadow play and transforming it into an eternal campfire tale.

January 22, 2014 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Hallelujah! Men is so good it takes your breath away, even when you're not holding it during the scary parts.

January 22, 2014 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

No Country for Old Men is a great Texas film. It is great unequivocally, but Lone Star pride is a rare opportunity in Hollywood.

January 14, 2014 Full Review Source: Stop Smiling
Stop Smiling

Cormac McCarthy's amazing novel was blessed with a usually impossible faithful adaption that translated the power of the words and weaved them into cinema.

January 2, 2013 Full Review Source: 2UE That Movie Show
2UE That Movie Show

Films this good come along once, maybe twice in a lifetime.

October 14, 2012 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
TheShiznit.co.uk

There's nothing extraordinary about No Country for Old Men -- except, of course, the spectacle of two great directors in total command of their craft.

February 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out Chicago
Time Out Chicago

A mostly absorbing tale of the hunter being subverted into the hunted, No Country For Old Men deserves to be lauded for its gripping, relentless thrills rather than its flawed denouement.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

This film truly belongs to Javier Bardem.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

No Country is a pitch-perfect thriller that delivers the pleasurable fear and suspense expected of the genre even as it sends its conventions to the shredder.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound

McCarthy's bloody and beautiful novel comes to life under the Coen's able touch.

June 12, 2010 Full Review Source: DCist

The decade's most overrated movie

August 25, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion | Comments (81)
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Once you open Pandora's Box, there's simply no stopping the beasts that pour out.

April 24, 2009 Full Review Source: FEARnet
FEARnet

What starts off as the best Charles Bronson movie not to star Charles Bronson ends up as a literary adaptation of a novel that thinks it means something or other.

April 23, 2009 Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com | Comments (2)
CinemaBlend.com

No Country for Old Men is the brothers at their most polished, austere, and humorless.

April 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

When you see No Country for Old Men, leave your preconceptions at home. But bring your Alfred Hitchcock lenses. They're useful. No Country for Old Men is a dazzling time-bomb of a movie. It is an engrossing, brutal, nerve-wracking moral tale

February 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Fayetteville Free Weekly
Fayetteville Free Weekly

Ultimately, No Country For Old Men is a very strong film that's just a couple of bad decisions away from being a masterpiece.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Future Movies UK | Comment (1)

This is some of Brolin's best work to date, though the film still belongs to Bardem and Jones, whose low-key mannerisms are well-suited to the Coens' sensibilities.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Comment (1)
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Audience Reviews for No Country for Old Men

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.
November 15, 2013
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The most serious and critically lauded film to come out of the Coen brothers' oeuvre, it still has the haunted, vacant appeal of their earlier films. Based on the book by Cormac McCarthy, showing every slow, methodical, meaningful point so easily, and yet creating a distinguished, quiet air of thought. There is very little dialogue to this film, surprising since the Coens are most famous for chatty characters that rely their own quirky sensibilities. This is not to say that the Coens haven't used silence to show fear, dishonor, or even hatred at many points (most notably in "Barton Fink" and "Miller's Crossing") but instead of stifling and uncomfortable silences they're reflective at many junctures. Set in the desert and plains of Texas, there are many panoramic shots of the outlying surroundings of these places that oftentimes show the aloneness of the lead character, Llewelyn Moss, and his disconnect from help while he hides and fights against his predator. Moss is the prey in this cat and mouse chase, and what is so fundamentally interesting about his plight is that he oftentimes outwits the man who is following him. That person is Anton Chigurh, a contract killer who hunts down Moss, trapping him time and again and yet failing often. Though Anton is obviously going to win out against the irresponsible and slow Moss, Moss doesn't give up and ends up holding his own. Anton in turn is one of the most interesting and full bodied villains to be onscreen in some time. Though he operates on the same level as any other killer, the serial killer mentality of having rules and patterns towards his kills presents itself to the viewer in various ways, the most memorable being a coin toss to choose life or death. This is a multi-layered and large scale game of wits, and though not the traditional good versus bad narrative it does present unorthodox views of morality. Though Sheriff Bell does track Anton as well, he cannot chase down someone so malicious and without a sense of right and wrong. This is not an indication that evil has won, because the sheriff simply can't keep up thanks in part to his old age. Even Anton is not a clear villain because though he does kill indiscriminately he sometimes gives the option of redemption, and lets fate dictate many of his actions. He kills when he needs to, and oftentimes doesn't even want to thanks to his own code of cleanliness, reliance, and self-preservation. This film will blow you away with the complexity of the narrative and how interesting and poignant the plights of the characters truly are.
June 25, 2013
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"No Country for Old Men" is as much a riddle as any other Coen movie, something that appears very sleight from a plot perspective but nonetheless is filled to the brim with some sort of hidden meaning. If you (understandably) don't like this on-the-edge-of-pretention style, you can still find enough to enjoy due to powerful performances and some insane tension/violence.
March 11, 2013
Sam Barnett

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    1. Sheriff Ed Tom Bell: Then I woke up.
    – Submitted by Jesse H (4 months ago)
    1. Anton Chigurh: I'm lookin' for Llewelyn Moss
    2. Desert Aire Manager: Did you go up to his trailer?
    3. Anton Chigurh: Yes, I did.
    4. Desert Aire Manager: Well, I'd say that he's at work. Do you wanna leave the message?
    5. Anton Chigurh: Where does he work?
    6. Desert Aire Manager: I can't say.
    7. Anton Chigurh: Where does he work?
    8. Desert Aire Manager: Sir, I ain't at liberty to give no informations about our residents.
    9. Anton Chigurh: Where does he work?
    10. Desert Aire Manager: Did you not hear me? We can't give out no information.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (9 months ago)
    1. Desert Aire Manager: Do you wanna leave the message?
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (12 months ago)
    1. Carla Jean Moss: Llewelyn, what are you doin', baby?
    2. Llewelyn Moss: I'm goin' out?
    3. Carla Jean Moss: Goin' where?
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (13 months ago)
    1. Wendell: You think this boy Moss has got any notion of the sorts of sons of bitches that're huntin' him?
    2. Sheriff Ed Tom Bell: I don't know, he ought to. He's seen the same things I've seen, and it's certainly made an impression on me.
    – Submitted by Nico S (13 months ago)
    1. Anton Chigurh: 1958. It's been traveling twenty-two years to get here. And now it's here. And it's either heads or tails. And you have to say. Call it.
    2. Gas Station Proprietor: Look, I need to know what I stand to win.
    3. Anton Chigurh: Everything.
    – Submitted by Nico S (13 months ago)
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