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  • Summary: Set in 1949, this film from Joel and Ethan Coen is a tale of passion, crime and punishment, all presented in glorious black-and-white. (USA Films)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 33
  2. Negative: 2 out of 33
  1. Like all the Coens' movies, "Man" is supremely self-aware and darkly, hellishly funny. It's also brilliantly written and acted to a fare-thee-well by an outrageously good cast.
  2. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    100
    If this were not such great American-vernacular moviemaking -- hilarious yet hypnotic -- one would be tempted to see something Greek in the tragedy that Ed never comprehends.
  3. When you're in the hands of the Coen brothers, you're in for sheer originality.
  4. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    80
    The film is marvelous fun on its own terms -- I laughed all the way through it.
  5. 75
    So assured and perceptive in its style, so loving, so intensely right, that if you can receive on that frequency, the film is like a voluptuous feast.
  6. Despite its visual brilliance, its all-round cleverness, and the way it demonstrates a profound understanding of genre, the Coen brothers' The Man Who Wasn't There doesn't quite come off.
  7. Ordinary moviegoers, on the other hand, may wonder what they're supposed to feel, apart from bored.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Jun 19, 2013
    9
    One of the Coen brothers' finest achievements; a modern tribute to the classic noir films of old, dripping in atmosphere and masterfulOne of the Coen brothers' finest achievements; a modern tribute to the classic noir films of old, dripping in atmosphere and masterful cinematography. Billy Bob Thornton is fantastic, as is Frances McDormand and James Gandolfini gives a very charming and Tony Soprano-esque performance. The period detail is extremely authentic, the costumes, settings and props together creating a convincing and realistic recreation of America in the late 40's. A must-see. Expand
  2. JayH.
    Oct 22, 2008
    8
    Beautifully made, great performances, outstanding black and white cinematography. Outstanding period detail, stylish and very engrossing Beautifully made, great performances, outstanding black and white cinematography. Outstanding period detail, stylish and very engrossing throughout. Excellent direction. Expand
  3. Jun 1, 2012
    6
    Parfois, on ne sait pas trop à quoi s'attendre d'un film des frères Coen, ces derniers lorgnant souvent vers quelqueParfois, on ne sait pas trop à quoi s'attendre d'un film des frères Coen, ces derniers lorgnant souvent vers quelque chose d'inclassable. On pourrait bien dire que The Barber fait partie de cette catégorie. En effet, je trouve que le film ne fait pas grand chose pour aider le spectateur à entrer dans son univers, avec des scènes "bizarres" (sur les martiens!!), un manque de puissance dans les images... Et surtout, j'ai eu vraiment du mal à savoir s'il fallait regarder ce film avec sérieux ou bien avec un second degré. Bref, ce n'est pas superbement définit... Par contre, et c'est là que The Barber l'emporte, le casting est excellent (imposant Billy Bob Thornton), il y a une ambiance musicale hypnotique et surtout un noir et blanc de toute beauté, qui nous permettent de ne pas décrocher une seule seconde malgré ce que j'ai dit précédemment. Bref, un film à voir pour se faire une idée ! Expand

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