Miller's Crossing
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Joel and Ethan Coen's third collaboration, the gangster film Miller's Crossing, stars Gabriel Byrne as Tom Reagan, the right-hand man of big-city Irish mob boss Leo (Albert Finney). The film opens with Italian mobster Johnny Caspar (Jon Polito) and his second in command Eddie Dane (J.E. Freeman) informing Leo and Tom that they are going to kill bookie Bernie Bernbaum (John Turturro) because he has been revealing Caspar's fixed fights to other gamblers. Leo informs Caspar that Bernie pays for protection and is not to be touched. After the Italians leave in a huff, Tom informs Leo… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Substance is here in spades, along with the twisted, brilliantly controlled style on which filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen made a name."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"It's arguably the US mainstream's first art movie since Days of Heaven; and quite wonderful."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"[The Coen brothers'] most complicated and dense movie."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Up there with the Coen brothers' finest work."
‑ , Film4
"Perhaps the best the Coens have to offer -- stylish, funny, harrowing and brilliantly shot."
‑ Dan Fienberg,
"It never fully convinces in terms of either period or plot."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Without much point at all."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"...joke-heavy and bullet-riddled and studded with some of the most crackling dialogue heard since 'The Front Page.'"
‑ Chris Barsanti,
"It takes place in an artificial world constructed largely from the mythology of other movies, and, though it's both seamless and stylish, some find it a little too self-conscious for its own good."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The Coens play this icy gangster tale mostly straight, but they can't help throwing in a few of their dark, comic explosions; it's one of their best, most cohesive films and it holds up to repeated viewings."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The Coens' take on Depression-era gangster flicks, looks gorgeous and showcases John Turturro's best acting ever."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Crossing is the kind of movie that benefits from a second sitting, to get a complete grip on the plot."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"It has always been one of the special pleasures of movies that they dream worlds and map them at the same time. Miller's Crossing dreams a beaut..."
‑ Richard T. Jameson, Parallax View
"Loosley based on Hammett's novel and Chicago's Capone-O'Bannion gang war, the film is more impressive visually than thematically, though new angle of placing Irish, Italian, and Jewish gangsters in the same tale is intriguing."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Um dos melhores trabalhos dos Coen (e isto é um baita elogio), o filme conta um roteiro muito bem amarrado, atuações intensas e um visual fabuloso."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
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