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Based on 33 Reviews
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  • 90
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Steadily engrossing and devilishly funny, and, o brother, does it look sharp. show more

  • 100
    Bob Graham San Francisco Chronicle

    The Coens' plotting, with its suspense and reversals, is a source of amazement and delight. show more

  • 30
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Ordinary moviegoers, on the other hand, may wonder what they're supposed to feel, apart from bored. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    To be sure, there are goofy flourishes here, the in-jokey, left-field rummies that are the Brothers Coen's stock-in-trade. But this is altogether a quieter, more philosophical sort of endeavor. show more

  • 75
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    Has all the tense crackle of film noir and the molasses drip of irony that is the trademark of movie-making brothers Joel and Ethan Coen. show more

  • 100
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    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. show more

  • 100
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Most of the way this ranks with the Coens' most immaculately crafted work. Cain would have loved its dreamlike chills, and so will audiences nostalgic for the movies of half a century ago. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 63
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    As a whole, it's a bit of a mess, the work of bratty geniuses with talent to spare, but unsure of what -- if anything -- they're trying to say. show more

  • 63
    Jonathan Foreman New York Post

    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. show more

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