No Country for Old Men

2007, Drama/Mystery & thriller, 2h 2m

288 Reviews 250,000+ Ratings

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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. Read critic reviews

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While out hunting, Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) finds the grisly aftermath of a drug deal. Though he knows better, he cannot resist the cash left behind and takes it with him. The hunter becomes the hunted when a merciless killer named Chigurh (Javier Bardem) picks up his trail. Also looking for Moss is Sheriff Bell (Tommy Lee Jones), an aging lawman who reflects on a changing world and a dark secret of his own, as he tries to find and protect Moss.

Cast & Crew

Tommy Lee Jones
Sheriff Bell
Javier Bardem
Anton Chigurh
Josh Brolin
Llewelyn Moss
Woody Harrelson
Carson Wells
Kelly Macdonald
Carla Jean Moss
Tess Harper
Loretta Bell
Stephen Root
Man who hires Wells
Rodger Boyce
El Paso Sheriff
Beth Grant
Carla Jean's Mother
Ana Reeder
Poolside Woman
Joel Coen
Director
Joel Coen
Producer
Robert Graf
Executive Producer
Mark Roybal
Executive Producer
Roger Deakins
Cinematographer
Carter Burwell
Original Music
Jess Gonchor
Production Design
Nancy Haigh
Set Decoration
Mary Zophres
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Audience Reviews for No Country for Old Men

  • Mar 02, 2021
    A southern gothic tale of fate and circumstance that is utterly relentless from beginning to end. It's hard to think of a more formidable movie villain than Javier Bardem in No Country for Old Men. I think I'd rather have a Terminator track me down than Javier's Chigurh so I wouldn't have to be mind-fucked before I died. All the performances are outstanding -- Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Tommy Lee Jones, and even Woody Harrelson. In my many decades of existence, there are only four movies that won a Best Picture Oscar that are on my list of all-time favorites: Parasite, Silence of the Lambs, Gladiator and No country for Old men. I suppose that could be a form of a personality or compatibility test, -- if I put it on my profile on a dating app, would I find my soul mate?
    Mark B Super Reviewer
  • 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-
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