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  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 12, 2011
  • Season #: 1
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 33 Ratings

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  • Summary: Samuel L. Jackson is an ex-con named Black who stops professor White (Tommy Lee Jones) from jumping in front of a train to commit suicide. They end up having a conversation about life and death in this adaptation of the Cormac McCarthy play.
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Feb 10, 2011
    100
    Well, subject matter doesn't get more profound than life and death, but, thanks to McCarthy's writing and the two veteran actors, we're completely drawn into the discussion, so much so that we're taken by surprise as McCarthy careful injects another possible interpretation of the play's set-up.
  2. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Feb 10, 2011
    91
    Grim, but a chance to see two magnificent actors at the peak of their powers.
  3. Reviewed by: Christian Blauvelt
    Feb 10, 2011
    91
    Tommy Lee Jones masterfully directs Cormac McCarthy's ferocious two-man play.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Feb 10, 2011
    70
    The exercise isn't entirely successful, but still proves eminently watchable, indeed almost hypnotic--something only HBO, frankly, would likely bring to the screen in such cerebral, uncompromising form.
  5. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Feb 14, 2011
    70
    "Thought-provoking" is an overused term in criticism, and one that can camouflage many sins. But here, for better and worse, is the real deal.
  6. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Feb 14, 2011
    50
    Granted, the acting in this two-man play is brilliant, but the film itself is strictly for master thespians on the loose--and people who are desperate to get into restaurants that won't take their reservations.
  7. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Feb 10, 2011
    40
    All the early signs were right--this is an exercise in verbal gymnastics and no matter how famous the two leads are, it's difficult to embrace their characters, because they have that air of stagey self-importance, as if the goal was to be viewed from seats in the distance, not welcomed into your living room.

See all 15 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Feb 15, 2011
    10
    I watched the first half only. Both men give strong performances, but when the dialogue became more and more about philosophy/religion, II watched the first half only. Both men give strong performances, but when the dialogue became more and more about philosophy/religion, I didn't like where it was going and gave up. Expand
  2. Feb 17, 2011
    10
    It's amazing how this film is always engaging and that is thanks to the strong performances by both Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L. Jackson.It's amazing how this film is always engaging and that is thanks to the strong performances by both Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L. Jackson. Regardless of what you believe in this film is a real treat for people on either side of this argument. Expand
  3. Dec 6, 2012
    10
    I don't know how to explain this movie but to say that it is a perfect piece of art. Brilliant acting, brilliant theme, brilliant dialogs. AllI don't know how to explain this movie but to say that it is a perfect piece of art. Brilliant acting, brilliant theme, brilliant dialogs. All in all a brilliant and deep movie that will definitely amaze you (unless you are an action/special effects junkie). A must watch! Expand
  4. Apr 6, 2011
    10
    I like this film a lot. It takes place in one apartment the whole movie, but the acting is great, and I got sucked into the movie. I like theI like this film a lot. It takes place in one apartment the whole movie, but the acting is great, and I got sucked into the movie. I like the quotes and arguments thrown around from both parties in the film. I would recommend this film to anyone who can watch a serious film without action. Expand
  5. Sep 15, 2013
    8
    This is definitely and unarguably brilliant act.
    I love both actors, that's exactly why I grabbed it, despite the indifference expressed by
    This is definitely and unarguably brilliant act.
    I love both actors, that's exactly why I grabbed it, despite the indifference expressed by sales assistant when I asked for his opinion. And I was not wrong when just began watching, throughout the whole act I couldn't care less if they ever get of this apartment, it really didn't appear to be of any significance, surprisingly. I listened to every ward, at times rewinding, looking for answers. This is the kind of conversation you get everyday, only this time I thought it would be something new, but alas, the white is unconquerable. The reason I left one star is because of the ending, I really was hoping for an answer, for a miracle, but it turned out no different to any other argument regarding this issue.
    All in all it is interesting to watch, great acting, amazing performance, but in essence nothing new, and a pretty heavy ending.
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