Miramax Films | Release Date: November 9, 2007
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ManuN.Dec 18, 2007
I thought the acting was great. The pace of the movie was inconsistent, and the ending was very unsatisfying.
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JohnHoltDec 22, 2007
Left me feeling like feeling like "what's the point?"
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AnonymousMCDec 22, 2007
This movie felt like it was striving to be realistic and artistic but for me it ultimately failed. Good amount of suspense building but you kinda grow tired and annoyed that a writer would put so much senseless violence into a film. I couldThis movie felt like it was striving to be realistic and artistic but for me it ultimately failed. Good amount of suspense building but you kinda grow tired and annoyed that a writer would put so much senseless violence into a film. I could see this movie being better if it made the point of senseless violence a climax or part of a large plot, but it felt like a writer tool pulled out and rolled in the mud the whole movie.
And don't get me started with the cliche'd car crash, I saw it happening immediately when he was driving towards the green light (that they show multiple times). Why else would you show that unless he was going to get into a spontaneous "realistic" car crash. It felt like the writer didn't know how to end this otherwise dull movie, so why not end it with a dull ending?
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AMovieCriticDec 29, 2007
Once again I have to wonder why, despite my huge interest in film-making and movies in general, I leave a movie theater for a supposed "masterpiece" being completely unmoved by it. It happened with Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and itOnce again I have to wonder why, despite my huge interest in film-making and movies in general, I leave a movie theater for a supposed "masterpiece" being completely unmoved by it. It happened with Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and it happened once again here. There was a great 30 minutes or so in here, as the main character travels from hotel to hotel with stolen drug money, attempting desperately to outwit a killer whose after him and the cash. This leads to a very intense shootout in a hotel room and a street. Before and after this great 30 minutes, though, there's really nothing entertaining about the movie. Characters go on and on and don't feel realistic at all. The entire movie lacks a soundtrack, which, rather than adding to the atmosphere, subtracts from it. The final act of the movie, (leading to easily one of the most anti-climactic and unsatisfying endings in recent memory,) turns into a string of long, boring conversations between Tommy Lee Jones's sheriff and a bunch of characters we don't know. This is where the movie tries to be meaningful and important, but I really just didn't get it. It felt aimless and tedious. The whole movie was a "statement" with no realism. A cop is choked to death in his prison, and the prisoner who committed the murder then escapes, traveling through the country killing people one after another. In the real world, we would have had an FBI manhunt for this guy, but in this movie's world, nobody seems to be after him except this one sheriff, who "urgently" chases him (he spends almost all his scenes having breakfast and "discussing life,") and at the end of the movie a character refuses to make a choice, ... for reason that just doesn't happen in anything other than movies that are going for that Oscar. The end of the movie completely lost me; I didn't get the point of the crash, I could have sworn I saw that guy in that hotel room and his reflection in the lock, guess not (?), and I didn't understand the apparently important conversation that took place before the credits rolled. I don't know...just didn't get much enjoyment out of this one. If the whole movie played like that great 30 minutes, THEN we would have had an entertaining movie. But then we wouldn't have an Oscar contender, I guess... Expand
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NickR.Nov 24, 2008
I agree that this film was supposed to be more realistic and without a protagonist to root for, but by the end i cant ignore the urge that the criminal should have died. The same thing happened in The Departed; all the protagonists died. But I agree that this film was supposed to be more realistic and without a protagonist to root for, but by the end i cant ignore the urge that the criminal should have died. The same thing happened in The Departed; all the protagonists died. But at least it finished the story w the mole being shot. Im not saying that No Country For old men is a bad movie b/c the acting was great i just didnt like the movie Expand
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SylviaCDec 25, 2009
Pointless! Jones character superfulous to whatever little story line there was. No, there doesn't need to be a happy ending, evil can truimph over good and the downtrodden, but there was so much pointlessness! Why should anyone care Pointless! Jones character superfulous to whatever little story line there was. No, there doesn't need to be a happy ending, evil can truimph over good and the downtrodden, but there was so much pointlessness! Why should anyone care about Jones' dilemma? He couldn't protect or stop the evil, and so what? What was the point of the Woody Harrelson character? The Coen Brothers pulled a fast one. I can't believe that this picture was the best picture as designated by the Academy. Because I thought I was missing something, I read the professional reviews. No additional insight to the so-called genius was given. Just a lot of mumbo-jumbo, because these critics don't want to be considered "uncool". And then these same critics make fun of Ron Howard's movie, "Angels & Demons". I don't think they "got " that one. After watching NCFOM, I'll not be taking much advice from critics or the Academy. Expand
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