"...A fully realized, cohesive, and -- the real surprise -- completely 'serious' homage to the Hollywood genre, perhaps the best neo-noir since THE TWO JAKES..."
"...One of [the Coen brothers's] most haunting and rewarding works..."Movieline's Hollywood Life
"...It's shot in clean, crisp black and white, it's elegant compositions masterfully framed and lit....The Coens are masters of the offbeat and bizarre..."
Sight and Sound
"...It's probable that most filmmakers love making movies, but few of them express this love with such voracious, crazy ardor....THE MAN WHO WASN'T THERE moves with the stately grace of the Beethoven that decorates the soundtrack..."
New York Times
"...The remarkable Thornton never hits a false note..."USA Today
"...Succulently retro, vintage-Hollywood-goes-bizarro film noir..."
"...So assured and perceptive in it's style, it's like a voluptuous feast..."