Miller's Crossing
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Joel Coen's and Ethan Coen's third film is a dark, moody gangland epic. The typically complex Coen plot centers on the machinations of Leo, the tough Irish mob boss, and his partner-in-crime Tom (Gabriel Byrne). The Italian mob faction is still gaining its footing in the community, which does not please the violent Mafioso Johnny Caspar (Jon Polito). Johnny's got it in for Bernie Bernbaum (John Turturro), a small-time hood horning in on the Italians' action, but Leo has sworn to protect Bernie from harm as a favor to his lover, Verna (Marcia Gay Harden), Bernie's… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

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"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, Zap2it.com
"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, Filmcritic.com
"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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