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No Country for Old Men

144 Ratings: 3.6
A 2008 movie starring Javier Bardem directed by Ethan Coen and Joel Coen

The Coen brothers make their finest thriller sinceFargowith a restrained adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's novel. Not that there aren't moments of intense violence, butNo Country for Old Menis their quietest, most existential film yet. In this … see full wiki

Director: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Genre: Action, Drama, Adventure
Release Date: 2007, November 9, 2007
MPAA Rating: R
24 reviews about No Country for Old Men
review by . May 02, 2011
This movie is probably the Coens at the height of their moviemaking prowess, even though this isn't my favourite overall of their movies. That title still belongs to The Big Lebowski. However, I do think this is the best Coen drama, girded by exceptionally strong performances and a simple but enthralling premise. That guided by the Coen brothers' steady directing makes No Country For Old Men a definite must-see and a fitting entry into their collection. It's also very worthy of winning …
review by . March 26, 2008
Wow. Great movie. I saw this movie at the Rialto in Raleigh, NC, which is worth a trip in itself as an old school "movie palace". The lobby is about the size of my kitchen at home, just enough room for a concession stand, then double doors open directly into the big theatre with a concrete floor sloping down to the big screen on a real stage. Stepping through those double doors is a 50-year step backwards, but the place looks like it has been recently renovated as the floor is clean, the seats are …
review by . May 30, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
WHAT A GREAT ENDING
      NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN       I don't know about you but I have always been a huge fan of the Coen Brothers Joel and Ethan, I have liked every film the two have put together. This is no exception and is just another classic in a long list of classics, both theatrically and on DVD this is a brilliant film. I can honestly say that a lot of the time I do not agree with the winners or even the nominees chosen by the Academy for the Oscar but they got it right …
review by . July 01, 2011
While it's very easy to trace comparisons between this film and prior Coen projects, such an exercise seems almost trivial when one considers that this story was adapted from one of Cormac McCarthy's most accessible novels. It's comforting to note that the Coens have found a story compatible with their usual trademarks: dialogue characterized by a regional vernacular, eccentrics who both voice and embody the story's themes and a measured pace interjected by bizarre scenes of intense …
Quick Tip by . February 21, 2011
This movie takes patience, and requires interpreting. If you're not interested in having to think through what the movie is trying to say, it will just seem like one damn thing after another.
Quick Tip by . December 28, 2010
"The Terminator" in Texas...    Somehow I have to make 50 characters here.
review by . July 11, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
Josh Brolin as Lewllon Moss
Sheriff Ed Tom Bell is a good sheriff.  He can put together a crime scene and get in touch with who he needs to.  Never gets hurt and does a good job keeping the peace.  One day though an ugly and violent crime is enough to put him out to pasture.  It was enough to make him realize how just like all those disgusting crimes across the country he only read about in newspapers, has finally come home to West Texas.  Towards the end of his tenure as Sheriff, an old friend of …
Quick Tip by . June 08, 2010
CRAZY but so incredibly good. Watched it in my criminology class.
review by . September 06, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
I was sheriff of this county when I was twenty-five years old. Hard to believe. My grandfather was a lawman; father too. Me and him was sheriffs at the same time; him up in Plano and me out here. I think he's pretty proud of that. I know I was. Some of the old time sheriffs never even wore a gun. A lotta folks find that hard to believe. Jim Scarborough'd never carry one; that's the younger Jim. Gaston Boykins wouldn't wear one up in Camanche County. I always liked to hear about the oldtimers. Never …
Quick Tip by . October 31, 2009
Poor Texas man runs off with drug money he finds at a crime scene only to have a bounty hunter on his tail and a sheriff in between. Great.
review by . May 08, 2009
DVD
The story opens in the desolate west Texas countryside, as Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) stumbles upon a drug deal gone bad and makes off with a suitcase full of money. He figures he'll be followed and he's right; Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem), a ruthless and patient killer, is after him. Chigurh is, in turn, being tracked by the local sheriff (Tommy Lee Jones), a good ol' country boy who's amazed at how violent criminals have become lately.     I'd heard this was a bloody guy-movie …
review by . September 09, 2008
(to the tune of El Paso by Marty Robbins)     Close by the West Texas town of El Paso   There was a drug deal that went very wrong   Llewellyn, he fled with a bag full of money   Came back to the scene, but he took far too long     Blacker than night was the heart of the Chigurh   Wicked and evil and killing for fun   He soon went after Llewellyn's new treasure   Armed with a captive bolt cow stunning …
review by . December 09, 2008
I honestly thought this movie was going to be  alot different that what it was....poor guy couldn't catch a break :)   I was a bit disappointment by the movie.  I didn't except it to end the way it did and just got a bad feeling through the whole movie that it probably wasn't worth all he had to go through.  I've also seen better acting from Tommy Lee Jones, really in my opinion the worst I've seen.
review by . September 08, 2008
This film was a real treat and something that I wanted to watch for quite some time because I admire Javier Bardem as an actor. No Country for Old Men is a thriller that delivers brilliant levels of suspense, fear and apprehension whilst simultaneously disposing of the genre's preconceived conventions. The cinematography on show unashamedly harks back to the Coens debut Blood Simple (1983) and with their regular Cinematographer at the helm, Roger A. Deakins, it is no surprise that No Country for …
review by . June 10, 2008
I am not a "movie connoisseur" so I cannot comment on things like the cinematography of the film. However, speaking strictly about plot line, I can't say that the movie lived up to all the hype. While the movie was not "bad" per say, it just became very predictable after awhile. There was very little dialogue and the characters were not well developed. I also felt like there was a lot of gore that did not necessarily have a purpose.
review by . April 16, 2008
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: Everything but the lack of music      Cons: Maybe too violent for some--not really a con, but it fits here      The Bottom Line: A new sort of epic that is worth every second.      Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. No Country for Old Men won the best picture Oscar for 2008 and has had about 2 score people write reviews for it. I will write the normal review but have an analysis portion …
review by . December 16, 2007
The Coen Brothers' "No Country for Old Men" is one of those films that can speak volumes in few words, and it successfully moves forward despite going at a snail's pace. This essentially goes against every principle I believe a movie should follow, so in all honesty, I don't know why I enjoyed this film so much. I don't think it has anything to do with the story, which is actually quite simplistic: taking place in 1980, a psychopath searches for a hunter that stole a suitcase full of drug money …
review by . March 17, 2008
Death pervades this picture, just as it pervades the world of the Coen brothers. As in Fargo, violent death is a specter in every scene. There is a lot of violence here, even for a desensitized and jaded generation of moviegoers.     The cinematography has been praised ad nauseam by others, and I won't criticize the technical aspects of this film. It is a professional production. The acting is skillful, the settings memorable, the technique more than adequate. Therefore I cannot …
review by . March 16, 2008
posted in Movie Hype
Cormac McCarthy's novel NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN has been successfully transformed into a film in the skilled hands of Ethan and Joel Coen. The story is intact, the characters are given the dialog so uniquely McCarthy's invention, and the horror of the message of the book - that we have come to a point in time when crime, especially random murder, surrounds our lives - is, if anything, even more pungent than on the pages of the book. It is an amazing, and a highly disturbing movie, and while this …
review by . February 22, 2008
posted in Movie Hype
Before even watching the movie, one should take into account that on the surface, NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN should be a good movie. The film is based upon a novel by Cormac McCarthy. It's a Coen brothers' picture, meaning that Joel and Ethan Coen wrote, directed, edited, and co-produced the picture. The cast is composed of mostly talented, though underrated actors, including Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, and Tommy Lee Jones. I realize that many times movies with similar credentials have been complete …
review by . January 27, 2008
I have often thought it would be fun to write the plot to a film which was genuinely reflective of how real life unfolds and where no concessions were made to the conventions and impulses of dramatic structure: where the set of narratives, while looking for all the world like they'll lead somewhere, are corrupted, interfered with, or simply lapse through inattention, and are consequently frustrated, transformed, reconstituted and restated on the fly, with no dramatic lesson or deeper metaphyiscal …
review by . January 11, 2008
From the first few minutes of Joel and Ethan Coen's film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's novel, "No Country for Old Men," I was hooked. The opening scenes of the Texas hill country vaguely remind me of the golden beauty of Tuscany--a wild starkness sans the cypress trees that suggests the purity and serenity of an open landscape where from the beginning of time, men roamed simply because they wanted to and could. These men learned to manage not only the land--making it work for them in a symbiotic …
review by . November 24, 2007
posted in Movie Hype
Times have changed. Surely that's what Sheriff Ed Tom Bell (Tommy Lee Jones) has in mind when he visits an old friend and commiserates about how things ain't like they used to be. "This land's hard," muses his friend. Another police friend has examples of kids with green hair and bones in their noses who have left out "Sir," and "Ma'am" out of their vocabulary. They both shake their heads over "The dismal tide".    But, really we're not all that ready for the events that happen, …
review by . November 23, 2007
I'm a HUGE fan of the Coen Brothers. Even some of their less successful movies always leave me delighted because they dare play around with tone and audience expectations. Who but this brotherly team would attempt a movie like THE LADYKILLERS or MAN WHO WASN'T THERE? But in NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, they return to their true forte...the crime thriller.     Although my personal favorite is RAISING ARIZONA...it is probably true that in decades from now the Coens will be best remembered …
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