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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

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Critic Consensus: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri deftly balances black comedy against searing drama -- and draws unforgettable performances from its veteran cast along the way.

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THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI is a darkly comic drama from Academy Award winner Martin McDonagh (IN BRUGES). After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter's murder case, Mildred Hayes (Academy Award winner Frances McDormand) makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby (Academy Award nominee Woody Harrelson), the town's revered chief of police. When his second-in-command Officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell), an immature mother's boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing's law enforcement is only exacerbated.

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Cast

Frances McDormand
as Mildred Hayes
Woody Harrelson
as Sheriff Bill Willoughby
Sam Rockwell
as Officer Jason Dixon
Abbie Cornish
as Anne Willoughby
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Critic Reviews for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

All Critics (399) | Top Critics (59)

Perhaps it takes an outsider like McDonagh to get it right, but by picture's end, a few wrenches of plot unite the deplorable with Mildred and lend him a contrived sympathy.

March 12, 2020 | Full Review…

Sound too bleak? For some, perhaps. But in McDonagh's careful hands, it's a Cirque du Soleil-like tightrope walk, gracefully balancing the harrowing with the humorous.

January 26, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Three Billboards is great.

January 12, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Watching it is like having your funny bone struck repeatedly, expertly and very much too hard by a karate super-black-belt capable of bringing a rhino to its knees with a single punch behind the ear.

January 12, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Give all the awards to McDormand, and then invent a bunch of new ones for her too.

January 9, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

But while that is a rage that's exhilarating to witness, it's a rage that's not available to everyone. Just as not everyone in Ebbing can claim the protection of being considering "good," we still don't live in a world where everyone gets to be angry.

December 4, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

½

From the ground up simply a superb production, a rumination on the benefits of forgiveness, and also revenge. Led by Frances McDormand who does more with a single look than most can do with a whole monologue, the ensemble cast (with a crackerjack script) keep you guessing the whole time. You'll return to this one many times.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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½

Relying on a wonderful cast, Martin McDonagh creates a film full of compassion about lost characters struggling to find meaning for their wrecked existences. Full review on filmotrope. com

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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The praise of McDormand and Rockwell at this year's oscars has been well deserved given their powerhouse performances here. They're not the only characters that work really great here. The plot is pretty smart and takes some unexpected turns as well. A moving, relevant, funny and tragic story.

Jens S.
Jens S.

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