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  • Summary: In search of a fresh start, William Blake embarks on an exciting journey to a new town, never realizing the danger that lies ahead. When a heated love triangle ends in double murder, Blake finds himself a wanted man, running scared—until a mysterious loner teaches him to face the dangers that follow a "dead man." [BV Entertainment] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 19
  2. Negative: 3 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: Jacob Levich
    100
    A slow-paced but hypnotically absorbing movie, it's buoyed by Jarmusch's trademark off-key humor and embellished throughout by an electrifying instrumental score, courtesy of Neil Young.
  2. Its characters are as entertainingly quirky as any he's given us before, and his familiar themes -- strangers in a strange land, lives reformed by chance encounters -- are played out with much higher stakes and with greater purpose.
  3. Reviewed by: Michael Wilmington
    Apr 6, 2014
    88
    Watching this movie has an almost hypnotic effect, like being carried along on a river past terrains both familiar and inexplicably, maddeningly odd.
  4. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    50
    Like his previous efforts, Jarmusch's sidelong take on Western conventions relies upon quirky tone, hipsterish performances and a highly refined visual style to put it over.
  5. 50
    It's not a bad movie by any stretch of the imagination, just one that grabs your attention and then lets it go, time and time again.
  6. The film has barely started, and already we can tell what we're in for -- two hours of metaphysical drift.
  7. Particularly because unlike so many other boring movies one sees, Jarmusch films require many more words to explain the boringness than less certifiably artistic films would.

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  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Dec 28, 2013
    10
    Dead Man is a western-themed psychedelic tragedy with heavy comedic elements, something I did not know could even exist until I watched this movie. With decent acting, mind-blowing visuals, and high-brow comedy that left me either rolling or speechless, Dead Man impresses on all the common levels of cinema. However, beneath all this mind-boggling weirdness is a soul that, once found, can move one to think more about their own existence, as Blake does. Therefore, the film might be one of the weirdest movies ever, but it still has a heart whose beats can be heard through the excellent guitar work of Neil Young. Expand
  2. Oct 20, 2011
    10
    One of the most essential movies Jarmusch has made, belongs in the hall of fame of American film. Loving the intertextuality of the film (if you like William Blake's poems, you will enjoy this film), and Neil Young's original score is one of the best I've heard. If you have a short attention-span, you might find the film tiring though - you need the right kind of mood and mental state for watching it, be aware of that, but dont let it put you off. Expand
  3. Aug 23, 2010
    4
    Accountant travels from Cleveland to a remote town to take a new job, job has gone when he gets there, kills someone, has a bounty put on him, goes on the run.
    Not one of JD's better films despite having some very good cameos throughout. Lance Henriksen & Crispin Glover are excellent but the Indian (Nobody) annoyed the hell out of me.
    Also felt that the story was too disjointed in parts and, as much as I like Neil Young, thought the soundtrack was a bit cheesy too.
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