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Very Good "The Man Who Wasn't There marks a return to form
for the Coens after the flat-footed Okie high jinks of ''O Brother, Where Art
Thou?,'' but they're still too eager to seal their vision with an absurdist
shrug. Ed's identity all but melts away, and it's hard to say whether that's his
tragedy or whether it's because the Coens never quite believed in him in the
James Berardinelli, Internet Critic
Good "Those looking for the typical Coen outlandishness may be
disappointed; on the other hand, those in search of a genuine Hitchcock homage
will probably be pleased. The Man Who Wasn't There reminds us of how
entertaining a thriller can be when it concentrates on storyline rather than the
overused staples of car chases and shoot-outs.''
Roger Ebert Full
Good "The look, feel and ingenuity of this film are so lovingly
modulated you wonder if anyone else could have done it better than the Coens. ..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. ''
TV Guide Online Full
Average "A ravishingly beautiful, widescreen B&W noir pastiche
that starts with the classic noir narrative wherein some hapless schmoe gets
away with one misdeed but pays for another. ..the film is ultimately
disappointing. It's clever, in a "dare you to name this hommage"
kind of way, but it's fundamentally heartless and coldly hollow.''
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