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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Reviews

December 4, 2017
But while that is a rage that's exhilarating to witness, it's a rage that's not available to everyone. Just as not everyone in Ebbing can claim the protection of being considering "good," we still don't live in a world where everyone gets to be angry.
December 1, 2017
The movie is one of the angriest films in recent memory. Yet it has moments of unlikely (yet hilarious) comedy and sincere tenderness, along with acts of nearly unwatchable violence
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
November 30, 2017
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri tells the story of a woman emulating God's vengeance when she might profit more by emulating his forgiveness, especially toward herself.
November 25, 2017
McDonagh works way too hard to inject nearly every scene with his patented solution of acid wit and dark-roast comedy... It's jarringly effective until it starts to feel like shtick, at which point it works only as a numbing agent.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
November 23, 2017
Despite McDonagh's cinematic hyperbole, it's the strength of the performances from McDormand, Harrelson and Rockwell that keeps "Three Billboards" sturdily anchored in a compellingly rendered reality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 22, 2017
Takes the viewer on a dizzying ride through dark comedy, wrenching tragedy, shocking moments, karmic twists, and redemption.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 21, 2017
"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" is entertaining in a way that's practically unheard of these days.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 21, 2017
In fact, we think we know Mildred as a classic American movie type - a deeply wronged person on a relentless quest for justice. Because she is righteous, and because she is Frances McDormand, we are reflexively with her in this.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 21, 2017
A barn burner, a bracing shot of whiskey downed while spoiling for a fight, a cathartic wail against the zeitgeist of rape culture and state brutality. It's a rallying cry, a right hook to the jaw, and wow, does it ever hurt so good.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 21, 2017
"Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri," a tragicomic juggling act packed with vivid characters doing bad things at considerable moral cost, plays like a scalpel-sharp game of Catch the Sociopath.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 19, 2017
Even for fans of McDonagh-and I am certainly one-Three Billboards is a revelation, and among the very best films of 2017.
Top Critic
November 17, 2017
One of the most invigorating black comedies Hollywood's come up with in years.
November 17, 2017
"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" is a powder keg of rage and raw emotion that deftly dances on the line between dark comedy and wrenching drama.
Full Review | Original Score: A
November 16, 2017
McDonagh knows how to get good characters into a story but not always how to get them out of it. This time he's considerably more focused, letting McDormand's ferocious mother-bear of a performance, her best since Fargo, drive the narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 16, 2017
This is the best movie I've seen this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 16, 2017
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a character study, even though the parts never stop moving -- it's wildly violent, brilliantly funny and deeply moving. And so smart.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 16, 2017
"Three Billboards" raises the stakes as it goes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 16, 2017
I didn't like Three Billboards, but I respect McDonagh for taking his lewd, vulgar screwballs in directions without a compass and leaving viewers wondering where in the world the film will go next.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 16, 2017
It constantly keeps us off balance, even as it never loses its own.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
November 16, 2017
"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" is just the bitter pill the times call for, offered with a loving cup to make it go down just a bit easier.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 16, 2017
Like the best movies often do, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" leaves audiences with a complex set of emotions, and with a hard-to-define hint of the profound.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 16, 2017
In a career full of fascinating performances, this may be McDormand's most-fascinating yet.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
November 15, 2017
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is quite a show and the best evidence yet that someone, somewhere, should erect a statue of Frances McDormand
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 14, 2017
McDormand, carrying the movie on blue-denimed shoulders, is a wonder.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 10, 2017
Scene by scene, the movie is compelling, but the scenes don't fit together especially well.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
November 10, 2017
McDonagh has created a comic tragedy that ducks and feints, defying expectations with many admirable and some less convincing results.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 9, 2017
The movie is, by turns-and sometimes simultaneously-darkly comic, blazingly profane, flat-out hilarious and shockingly violent, not to mention flippant, tender, poetic and profound.
November 9, 2017
In some ways, watching this film is like reading those alt-right fashion profiles of Richard Spencer that insisted we overlook his campaign of quiet terror and find common ground with him. Nope.
Top Critic
November 9, 2017
It's the first of McDonagh's movies to match the maturity of his plays, and the first time he's pushed past writing about hitmen and screenwriters to make something that feels like it could be about your neighbors.
November 9, 2017
But [Frances] McDormand, at age 60 one of our most gifted and least calculating actresses, fearlessly challenges us to love her character anyway.
November 9, 2017
A savage film, even a dangerous one, the blackest take-no-prisoners farce in quite some time.
November 9, 2017
This is all razor-blade candy for writer-director Martin McDonagh, who walked the line between dark farce and pathos so brilliantly in 2008's great In Bruges.
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 9, 2017
A movie that starts strong and just builds, always pushing forward yet still finding time for interesting detours.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 8, 2017
Everything fits together too neatly in "Three Billboards," even when chaos descends, but the performers add enough rough texture so that it doesn't always feel so worked.
November 8, 2017
Perhaps it's a result of all the other roles we've seen this uniquely fearless actress play, on stage and screen, wrapped into one. But you look at her face and you think: This person has a moral compass. Her side is the right one. We will be safe there.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 8, 2017
In the end, it's all about McDormand, who's great at playing ordinary women in extraordinary circumstances.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
November 8, 2017
Frances McDormand is phenomenal in this surefire awards contender from Martin McDonagh-it's a renegade masterpiece that will get you good.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 6, 2017
McDonagh (In Bruges) crafts an expertly structured, brutal, yet surprisingly rousing narrative around a woman who's ready to torch her entire life if it means catching a killer.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 6, 2017
I was riveted for a long time by [Frances] McDormand's stricken but determined face, by how Mildred keeps dragging herself into confrontations when every cell in her body seems weary.
November 6, 2017
Not since "Fargo" (1996) has [McDormand] found a character of such fibre. She doesn't pitch it to us, still less try to make it palatable; she seems to state Mildred, presenting her as a given fact, like someone unrolling a map.
September 13, 2017
One of those truly rare films that feels both profound and grounded; inspirational without ever manipulatively trying to be so.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 12, 2017
This rural drama is the best yet from playwright and filmmaker Martin McDonagh, and one of Frances McDormand's greatest performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
September 12, 2017
McDormand is righteous fury personified, and her performance-the best she's delivered since Fargo, maybe-is heartbreaking, but also wildly, profanely entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 5, 2017
There are times in Three Billboards when the themes and events are so dark and ugly that the humor is stopped dead in tracks and the laughs get caught in your throat.
September 5, 2017
Though "Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri" pursues a number of narrative strains, it's really about lost characters doing whatever they can to scheme their way out of a rut.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
September 5, 2017
McDonagh's most satisfying movie, a very juicy and resonant treat.
September 5, 2017
Three Billboards plays like a country ballad that's full of improvised riffs on old themes: Its verses head off in different directions, some violent and swearing, others reflective or funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 4, 2017
It's far from a masterpiece, yet it holds you, it adds up, and it's something to see.
September 4, 2017
A corrosively humorous drama of festering injustice, Shakespearean rage, grave reckoning and imperfect redemption, which unfolds with the epic dimensions of a classic Western showdown.