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The Man Who Wasn't There Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune 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 fare-thee-well by an outrageously good cast.

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  • 30

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

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

  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times 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 voluptuous feast.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly 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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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

Some mature themes -- best for older teens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie's themes include adultery, blackmail, murder, and the death penalty. There's a very violent struggle, and a character is killed. Another dead body is briefly visible. A character commits suicide, and characters are injured in car accident (off-screen). An adult has some unfocused fantasies about an intimate relationship with a teenager. Characters drink and smoke (Ed smokes constantly).

  • Families can talk about how this movie compares to the movies that it salutes, and about whether audiences have changed. Why was Ed so passive? What else could/should he have done?

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence: Struggle that ends in murder, dead body, car crash (off screen).

  • sex false3

    Sex: Reference to adultery, adult has vague fantasies about teen.

  • language false3

    Language: Some strong language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters drink and smoke a lot.