Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri


Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell give Oscar-winning performances in this darkly comic crime mystery from the writer-director of In Bruges, following a mother who's fed up with her daughter's murder case having gone unsolved for months. To kick things back into gear, she buys billboard space in her small town and slams the local law enforcement. The film was nominated for seven Oscars in total which included Best Picture, Director, and Original Screenplay.

Flicks Review

Writer/Director Martin McDonagh follows his uproariously funny In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths with that rarest of cinematic treats, an entertaining and stimulating movie, with a superb script, rich characters and a cracking cast. Think the dramatic power of Coen brothers’ No Country for Old Men, and the outrageous humour of The Big Lebowski, and you’re within a billboard’s-length of getting the picture.... More

Frances McDormand plays Mildred. Her daughter’s violent murder has gone unsolved, so she rents out three old billboards on the outskirts of town, asking why there’s been no arrest and naming and shaming local Police Chief, Willoughby (Woody Harrelson), who has problems of his own. To say more would be risking spoilers for an unpredictable plot that twists, turns, shocks, surprises, confounds and delights.

The cast are simply stunning, McDormand and Harrelson own the screen, with Sam Rockwell hilarious and chilling as a redneck cop and mama’s boy, John Hawkes as Mildred’s ex-husband, and Peter Dinklage as her would-be beau. Every character is fleshed out, essential and avoids cliché, with even the worst possessing redemptive qualities.

Less convincing is Abbie Cornish as Willoughby’s wife, but that’s a minor quibble when the writing, direction, cinematography, editing and music are this darn fine. I can’t imagine seeing a better movie (not set in space) this year because Three Billboards is a stunning achievement. Featuring very adult themes and language, it’s a wild, dark, disturbing, laugh-out-loud funny, achingly serious morality tale, asking: where does vengeance end, in a world where violence begets violence, and what we do to others really matters.

Dark comedy drama fans rejoice and avoid spoilers, it’s a must see that will stay with you for days.Hide

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BY Deb superstar

I'm just gonna say about the females in this movie. The playwright gets it so right with Mildred that he forgot that a town can actually have more than one well rounded female character. There was the intriguing wife of the cop - she was far to interesting to be set dressing. What was that Australian doing so far from home? What was the connection between Mildred and her co-worker? They were friends but we didn't know why. Go on give us a hint. Mostly though there was the dumb 19 year old. A... More woman doesn't ahve to be dumb in every way to fall for an angry man. Women do it every day. All she had to be was young. I think we knew enough of Mildred to disregard her assessment of of the dumb 19 year old. We could ahve made our own and been ok with a different outcome. But no she was the least plausible character in the whole movie. Just played for laughs really. Weak ones.Hide

BY filmlover superstar

A strong storyline and complex characters carry this western style movie to a rather unsettling climax. Sam Rockwell and Frances McDormand shine while Woody Harrelson brings nothing really new to his character but does a solid job. I didn't love it as much as I expected from the reviews although Rockwell may have done his best work ever in this so there may be an Oscar for him. Overall a solid piece of film making but I would prefer to have left with an answer to the question which is the... More premise of the story.Hide

BY Newt superstar

Of the three acting pillars in this light-hearted-yet-very-much-heavy drama, Frances McDormand delivers a really solid take on a strong-willed but hurting mother of a murdered daughter. It is the classic character arc of a protagonist out for vengeance, learning to forgive yet we are left wondering what will happen when the credits start rolling - a balanced way of tying the story up. Woody Harrelson is funny and clever but it feels like another generic Woody Harrelson role - just Woody... More Harrelson playing himself. Sam Rockwell's Officer Dickson is perhaps the more compelling of the two. Caleb Landry Jones and John Hawkes provide very strong performances. The story conveys the always relevant and universal theme of "life's too short to be angry all the time".Hide

BY Bo23 nobody

It's very funny and features some excellent work from McDormand and Rockwell. The film looks good and wins points for being fairly unique. I just struggled to find a way into this movie emotionally, because of the abrasive characters and the fact that it was so obviously written to within an inch of itself (not allowing room for organic plot developments). Well worth a watch.

BY DashaS nobody

The setup was great, the characters and performances were spectacular but some may be left cold by its ambiguous ending. I highly recommend others to check it out regardless due to the highly entertaining dialogue and how well the characters were fleshed out but for me, it could've had an ending that packed a lot more punch than it did.

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The Press Reviews

  • Illuminates the multifarious despicable ways that humans treat each other… Full Review

  • It's a renegade masterpiece that will get you good. Full Review

  • It all makes for soaringly satisfying viewing, yet the satisfaction comes from blistering performances and virtuosic screenwriting, and absolutely nothing else. Full Review

  • 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. Full Review

  • While the film continues almost throughout to generate great whoops of shocking laughter, it's the notes of genuine sorrow, compassion and contrition that resonate. Full Review

  • Can be celebrated for putting the 60-year old McDormand centrestage and letting her tongue rip, and for the slightly risqué manner in which it elicits laughs/gasps from its viewers. Full Review

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