• Released
  • October 31, 2001
  • R , 1 hr 56 min
  • Comedy Drama
    Post-Noir (Modern Noir)
The Man Who Wasn't There Synopsis
A laconic barber (Billy Bob Thornton) blackmails his wife's (Frances McDormand) lover.
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100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Bob Graham
The Coens' plotting, with its suspense and reversals, is a source of amazement and delight.
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100

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
Like all the Coens' movies, "Man" is supremely self-aware and darkly, hellishly funny. It's also brilliantly written and acted to a...
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100

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Most of the way this ranks with the Coens' most immaculately crafted work. Cain would have loved its dreamlike chills, and so will...
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90

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Steadily engrossing and devilishly funny, and, o brother, does it look sharp.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
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...
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Isn't content to stick to the genre conventions it sets up. Instead, it sprawls and mutates into one of the Coens' elaborate gizmoid yarns.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
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.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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...
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63

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
Lacks the requisite sense of dread.
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30

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Ordinary moviegoers, on the other hand, may wonder what they're supposed to feel, apart from bored.
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Rated R | For Scene of Violence
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Common Sense Media says Iffy for 15+ Some mature themes -- best for older teens.
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