No Country for Old Men

2007

No Country for Old Men

Critics 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.

93%

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Total Count: 281

86%

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User Ratings: 398,550
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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, Rovi

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Cast

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 Mom
Ana Reeder
as Poolside Woman
Kit Gwin
as Molly--Sheriff Bell's Secretary
Zach Hopkins
as Strangled Deputy
Chip Love
as Man In Ford
Gene Jones
as Gas Station Proprietor
Myk Watford
as 'Managerial' Victims
Boots Southerland
as 'Managerial' Victims
Kathy Lamkin
as Desert Aire Manager
Johnnie Hector
as Cabbie at Bus Station
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
Josh Blaylock
as Boy On Bike
Caleb Landry Jones
as Boy On Bike
Dorsey Ray
as Odessa Cabbie
Angel H. Alvarado Jr.
as Norteño Band
David A. Gomez
as Norteño Band
Milton Hernandez
as Norteño Band
John Mancha
as Norteño Band
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Critic Reviews for No Country for Old Men

All Critics (281) | Top Critics (60)

  • The lack of respect for the body, the sheer bloody aftermath depresses me. Yes, they may handle the killing with verve and ironic tension, but this is a Coen brothers film too far.

    Jan 11, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Played by Spanish actor Javier Bardem, Chigurh is the most original bogeyman to bloody up the screen in a while.

    Feb 22, 2015 | Full Review…

    Tom Charity

    CNN.com
    Top Critic
  • No Country for Old Men is a thoroughly compelling exercise in the cinema of suspense that proves the power of the old-school thriller remains undiminished.

    Feb 22, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Just as the movie is beginning to conform to genre expectations (like The Treasure of the Sierra Madre meets Fargo), the Coens have the guts, and indeed the smarts, to pull it in an entirely different direction.

    Feb 22, 2015 | Full Review…
  • For a film that traffics in implacable malice, this movie remains remarkably grounded in the everyday.

    Oct 18, 2008 | Full Review…

    Bob Mondello

    NPR.org
    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Sep 18, 2008 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for No Country for Old Men

  • Jul 31, 2016
    A masterpiece in almost every right, No Country for Old Men is a grim, dark and introspective look into the ideas of fate, coincidence and greed - all of which are brought beautifully to screen thanks to Roger Deakins' cinematography, amazing lead performances and the Coen's brothers fantastic direction.
    Matthew M Super Reviewer
  • May 01, 2016
    A very solid film that handles tension brilliantly. The Coen brothers truly know how to build a gloomy universe around quirky characters.
    Sean T Super Reviewer
  • Mar 11, 2016
    No Country for Old Men is directed by the Joel and Ethan Coen and stars Josh Brolin as Llewelyn Moss, a hunter who stumbles upon two million in cash left from an apparent firefight. Moss is then on the run from a hitman (Javier Bardem) hired to take him down. Tommy Lee Jones plays Sheriff Bell, the sheriff of the country where this all takes place. This movie was very captivating right off the bat. Javier Bardem delivered an Academy Award-winning performance, and it shows; his creepy villainous ways are captivating to watch. Tommy Lee Jones also delivers a solid turn as the only true "good guy" of the movie, despite the terrible acting of his partner. The Coen Brothers always deliver from a cinematic standpoint, and this movie is no exception. Also, the ending, while probably frustrating to most, really stood out as the strong point of the movie. Unfortunately, this is just not an entertaining film. The dragging pace, absence of film score, and long periods of dialogue only made the movie feel longer than its two-hour run time. Josh Brolin's character is also one that is hard to cheer for. He is very cold and calculating for a non-criminal, making it hard to want him to escape from the hitman. While I didn't love this movie (and don't understand how it won Best Picture), I appreciate enough about it to say it's worth watching if you have the patience. While Westerns aren't really my thing, No Country for Old Men is fine. Final grade: B-
    Ben B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 17, 2012
    "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.
    Sam B Super Reviewer

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