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The Man Who Wasn't There Reviews

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September 6, 2017
Much less acidic than Fargo, not as graceful as The Big Lebowsky, and barely enigmatic as Barton Fink, The Man Who Wasn't There is, isn't far from being the best film of the [Coen Brothers]. [Full review in Spanish]
January 19, 2016
Just the barber
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
October 14, 2011
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.
April 1, 2011
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 | Original Score: B
December 28, 2010
Some mature themes--best for older teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 19, 2010
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 | Original Score: 4/4
October 13, 2009
Affectlessness is not a quality much prized in movie protagonists, but Billy Bob Thornton, that splendid actor, does it perfectly as Ed Crane.
November 7, 2007
As good a film as I've seen this year.
November 7, 2007
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.
November 7, 2007
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.
September 27, 2007
Thornton does wonders within the tabula rasa of words and gestures he's limited to.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
July 14, 2007
Mr. Shaloub injects some much needed energy into the film which otherwise feels long at two hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 30, 2006
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 | Original Score: 4/5
June 24, 2006
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.
July 21, 2005
Despite the movie's humor and sense of irony, it takes on a sense of somberness as it progresses.
Read More | Original Score: A
March 3, 2005
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).
December 6, 2004
You've heard of a 'vacant stare'; now you know what it's like for the person staring.
Read More | Original Score: B
October 30, 2004
Thornton's ultra low key performance is a plus, as is the effectively moody, black and white cinematography.
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: B-
June 23, 2004
Once again, Ethan and Joel Coen have twisted a film genre into something new.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 24, 2004
Joel and Ethan Coen have created an excellent film that intelligent audiences should really appreciate.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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