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½ May 6, 2018
An incredibly dark film which somehow still manages to capture your attention and take you for an interesting but sad journey.
April 20, 2018
this is a great movie
March 25, 2018
The Coen brothers deliver yet again, strong performance from all the leads push this film into the exceptional CATEGORY. Grounded by desert landscape the story unfolds to a chilling CONCLUSION.
March 25, 2018
One of my personal favourites so far. Hadn't done any research on it before seeing, so imagine my consternation when it turned out not to be a western at all with an exception of localisation only. Apart from that, nicely shown the spirit of modern-old-fashioned Texan people's values, ultimately engaging chase for the money and god I loved Bardem's acting!
March 20, 2018
One of my all time favorites. Dark, beautifully shot, and terrifying.
March 8, 2018
The Coen Brother's know how to keep audiences on the edge of their seats.
February 18, 2018
The Coen Brothers deliver a modern masterpiece with No Country for Old Men a movie that features incredible acting, memorable characters, and an intelligence that may even transcend its source material.
February 10, 2018
Very, very overrated movie!
Super Reviewer
½ February 10, 2018
Press the replay button again, because this one's a keeper, for sure, as Javier Bardem re-ups the ante some on just what's wrong with those darn kids nowadays in this savvy commentary on modern times. The title doesn't really hit you until after you see it. America the beautiful? This work adores the America everybody is mostly trying to get away from, the America with big wide open spaces in between ... and what can happen there. See a guy sweat bullets just fer askin' "how's the weather up there?" in one of my fav scenes...see it, see it, see it.
½ February 6, 2018
Title: No Country For Old Men
Story/Writing/Message/Plot: 3
Character/Acting: 4
Music/Sound: 3
Cinematography/Editing: 4
Age/Originality: 3
Total: 17/25
½ January 31, 2018
Awesome performances, great dialogue and a compelling story. No Country for Old Men is a very good movie and doesn't dissapoint.
January 26, 2018
Suspenseful. A true thriller. It had my heart beating in suspense. The antagonist of the film is so believable and you can't help but feel intimidated and fearful in just watching him and his merciless. Such a great movie.
January 22, 2018
A magnificent film! Coen Brother's best one to date!
January 12, 2018
This is a very strange movie to say the least. It has a very interesting story and a great premise but is just very strange in it's execution. Everyone that is involved with this movie gives absolutely amazing performances. I would say the only reason I'm giving a lower rating is because most of the movie was spoiled for me so I knew most of the things happening before they even started.
January 5, 2018
The first two acts of the film are gold but the writers dropped the ball in the third act. The film is mostly good but its a mixed bag for me.
January 2, 2018
stellar performances across the board, Javier is soulless, ferocious and terrifying. No one has perfected the rambling old man better than Tommy Lee.
½ January 2, 2018
It was interesting how this film provided a modern take on the classic Western. It was also a really good one at that. Many scenes had a lot of tension to them, and it had a ton of unexpected moments. Then, at the 90 minute mark, the movie pulls the rug out from under the viewer, and it becomes a lot more interesting. This is the finest Coen brother film I've seen yet. In my opinion, it's even better than "The Big Lebowski" - another masterpiece.

After a hunter named Llewelyn Moss accidentally stumbles across a drug deal gone horribly wrong, and nearly 2 million dollars in a briefcase, a serial killer named Anton Chigurh follows him in and attempts to get it back, killing anyone who gets in his way. A bounty hunter named Carson Wells is also hired to recover the money. In the meantime, Sheriff Ed Tom Bell oversees the investigation. Violence and mayhem results.

What I loved about Chigurh was that he was able to accomplish all of his tasks without ever showing much pain or effort. He did gruesome murders like it was no big deal. Since he never showed much emotions throughout the movie, this gave me the idea that he knew exactly what he was doing and he wasn't afraid of dying whatsoever. This made his appearance seem very threatening. Also, it was very hard to escape him. Very few people he encountered in the film made it out alive. Most of his victims stood no chance when he killed him. Also, his character was made a lot better by Javier Bardem's amazing performance. Without showing too much emotion, he was able to send a chill down the viewer's spine every time he enters the screen. He has an ominous feeling to him which makes his appearance look unnerving. Bardem terrifies the viewer somewhat in the same way that Anthony Hopkins' from "The Silence of the Lambs" does. I don't think that many actors could do the same as him. What he did is very difficult to do, yet he nailed it perfectly. His Oscar for "Best Actor" was well deserved. Also, many other actors such as Josh Brolin and Tommy Lee Jones gave great performances as well.

Also, this movie has several of the most suspenseful scenes I've ever seen in a film. For example, the coin toss near the middle is, by far, the best one in the film. Chigurh constantly stops all attempts the man in the convenient store does to escape. When he throws the coin, the viewer is left on the edge of their seats to see what will happen. Also, you probably didn't notice the gentle push-in from the camera which raises the tension even more. Another great scene is when Moss is in a hotel, and he suspects that Chigurh is right outside the door. Moss turns the lights out and points his gun at the door to prepare. The calm moments the viewer experiences keeps them on the edge of their seats, because anything can happen at any second. There are many other scenes where the Coen brothers add background noises which inform the viewer that something bad might happen. It could simply be the sound of footsteps, someone flushing a toilet, or a loud phone ring. It could also be when the viewer knows something that a character in the film doesn't. If a character is walking into a room, it could show you a shot to see Chigurh waited for him/her. This is another highly effective technique which works very well too. I can't think of a single movie I've ever watched which made me feel as much suspense as I did in this one.

Around the 90 minute mark, the Coen brothers pull the rug out from under you, and they make a choice which makes the film a whole lot better. It is so unexpected, and it opens the film up to a whole new layer of pros after it leaves a few loose ends in its storyline, making it ambiguous. I am a real enthusiast for ambiguity. I think that it's great to have in films as it gives them more staying power, and it can lead me to discover new things every time I re-watch them. The ambiguous ending in this film seems simple at first. It doesn't seem too impressive at first glance. However, after thinking about it for a little while, I was slowly able to realize how impressive it actually was. It makes you see the film in an entirely new way, and it makes simple action scenes that we witnessed earlier in the film become much deeper. It was interesting how the Coens were able to provide a somewhat unique take on ambiguity. People who criticize its ending and call it disappointing are missing the point. This is a film which has a deeper meaning. It requires you to think. Just because it leaves a couple plot points up to interpretation doesn't make it a weaker film. Ambiguity isn't necessarily a bad thing.

In conclusion, this was a perfect movie. Chigurh was an amazing villain. I feel like he's one of the best modern villains ever, because Javier Bardem knocked it out of the park with him. Also, his calm expressions were terrifying. Chigurh was reminiscent of Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Also, I've felt more tension in this film than any other film I can think of off the top of my head. To top the film off, once the ambiguity is introduced, it allows the viewer to appreciate the film in entirely new ways, and the film becomes very different on re-watches. This is, quite possibly, the best Coen film to date.
December 29, 2017
No Country for Old Men, however critically acclaimed, is the most under appreciated work of film to this date. The concoction of a classic western and a psychopathic killer has never been outclassed in the totality of history. One shall be ashamed if one has not been able to peer into the true brilliance of this film.
December 28, 2017
Wish more movies like this came out. Loved it
December 27, 2017
Even though I'm not familiar with the Coen brothers' works, this was the first Coen brothers movie I saw. I was gripping the armrest of my chair. I love every single bit of this movie. Ranging from the Coens' gripping direction to Javier Bardem's frightening performance to the beautiful cinematography done by my favorite cinematographer, Roger Deakins. One thing that this movie does extremely well compared to other thrillers is that this movie has no musical score. Thrillers actually try to intensify the scene by having intense music. No Country for Old Men doesn't need that.
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