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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

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  Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Review
Tookey's Rating
9 /10
Average Rating
8.18 /10
Frances McDormand , Sam Rockwell , Woody Harrelson
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Directed by: Martin McDonagh
Written by: Martin McDonagh

Released: 2017
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: US
Length: 115

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Traverses a high wire between comedy and tragedy and does so without a safety net. Outside the Coen Brothers, it’s hard to find a filmmaker with that skill and with this production, McDonagh has placed himself in august company.
(James Berardinelli, ReelViews)
Entertaining in a way that’s practically unheard of these days. It’s about the sheer exhilaration of expressing yourself, no matter what anybody thinks.
(Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
A meticulously shot and sharply written character study, it plays like a blend of the Coen brothers and Quentin Tarantino, borrowing its subtle philosophical core from the former and its sudden bursts of violence and blood-spattering vitriol from the latter. It's also a great film, an entertaining and thoughtful examination of one woman's journey into darkness, as well as a study of the corrosive nature of anger and hate when left unchecked.
(Mike Scott, New Orleans Times-Picayune)
Three Billboards lands somewhere near Coen brothers country, eloquently finding comedy in horror and vice versa. Yet it remains its own mangy animal; a study in grief that’s funny, finding justice in terror and forgiveness after the unforgivable.
(Steve Persall, Tampa Bay Times)
The movie represents a leap forward for writer-director Martin McDonagh. Three Billboards is as clever and imaginative as McDonagh’s “In Bruges,” in terms of how it makes characters collide in delightful and unexpected ways.
(Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle)
Though Mildred makes many choices that are reprehensible or downright dangerous, McDormand never fails to convince us of the fundamental decency of this woman, a tragic heroine struggling to find even the tiniest scrap of meaning in a comically awful world.
(Dana Stevens, Slate)
It is a movie about how anger consumes and destroys, and how the only cure for that anger is empathy, something that’s in short supply these days but Three Billboards has in abundance.
(Matt Singer, ScreenCrush)
Those familiar with McDonagh’s work will be unsurprised to learn that Three Billboards is a bold and showboating affair, robustly drawn and richly written; a violent carnival of small-town American life. Yet it has a big, beating heart, even a rough-edged compassion for its brawling inhabitants.
(Xan Brooks, Guardian)
McDormand is an unstoppable force in a fiercely intelligent, profanely poetic movie that shifts tonal gears at breakneck speed.
(Jamie Graham, Total Film)

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