Robert’s Reviews: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Hello Clever People! Welcome to my review for the new oscar contending Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. This film follows a woman grieving the death of her daughter, who decides to put up three billboards questioning why the police department has not found any suspects, which leads down a road or pure insanity and morbid humor. Click the video below to watch the review!

Robert Burke
Robert Burke is a 14-year-old film critic currently attending Shasta High School. His love for film started when he was very young, and grows as he learns more and more about it. Robert expresses his love for film through reviews, which can be found on this website every Saturday. Film is not his only passion, as he also loves to act in local productions with Cascade Theater, Shasta College and Riverfront Playhouse. He currently lives in Redding, CA, and hopes to one day be a film director. To view all of Robert’s reviews go to
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12 Responses

  1. Beverly Stafford says:

    Frances McDormand is a real favorite of mine. I’d see Three Billboards just because she’s in it, but your review clinches it. Thanks.

  2. Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

    I’m a fan of black comedies, and I love Martin McDonagh’s previous movies. “In Bruges” was brilliant. “Seven Psychopaths” a little less so, but still great. If you’re a Sam Rockwell fan, check out “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,” written by another black comedy genius (until he apparently went off the rails), Charlie Kaufmann.

    • Robert Burke Robert Burke says:

      Been meaning to watch Confessions of a dangerous minds since I saw Kaufman’s magnum opus Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

      • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

        I think you’d prefer Kaufman’s “Adaptation,” since it’s about the movie business (specifically screenwriting, something it shares with McDonagh’s “Seven Psychopaths).

        Kaufman’s adaptation of the book “The Orchid Thief” becomes a movie that is both the adaptation of the book, and about trying to do an adaptation of the book. Kaufman portrays himself as a tortured, struggling, socially retarded writer trying to make art (his real self); and as his “brother” (alter ego), a shallow but sociable sell-out who churns out commercially safe pablum (who Kaufman thinks Hollywood wants him to be).

        Both Kaufmans are played by Nicholas Cage in what I think is his best performance (and I thought he was great in “Raising Arizona.”)

  3. Debbie says:

    IF I had any doubts about seeing this movie before your review, they are gone now. Thanks for whetting my appetite and building up anticipation to enjoy a new Frances McDormand performance.

  4. I plan on seeing this movie, for sure, Robert.

    Great review. I love your enthusiasm, and your analysis of what makes this a compelling movie.

    I’m curious, since you obviously are crazy about this movie, why it didn’t get a 10? What would it take to make it a 10 in your book?

    • Beverly Stafford says:

      I questioned that, too, Doni. Robert?

    • Robert Burke Robert Burke says:

      Well, that’s a long story…

      I’ll start by saying that I’ve given 5 movies in my entire life a 10/10, those being The Graduate, Dekalog, Stalker, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, and One flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. To become a 10/10, a film needs to affect me emotionally in a way that can’t really be described in words, be so technically brilliant in writing and directing that I want to study the film and create something similar to it, and master every aspect of what makes a film a film. There is so much criteria that I couldn’t ever get into in fear of spending too much time attempting to list everything. Basically, it’s a personal experience I can’t describe.

      • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

        I can think of a handful (at least five) westerns that I think are superior to “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly,” but I love that it’s on your top 5 list. The spaghetti western genre deserves to be so honored.

        I think it’s the second-best spaghetti western, right behind “Once Upon a Time in the West.”

        • cheyenne says:

          Steve, in the latest 100 best westerns list “Once Upon A Time In The West” was ranked #1 while “Good, Bad and Ugly” was middle of the pack. I personally like “Shane”, just a run of the mill story line, but the way they incorporate the Wyoming scenery into the film makes it stand out. “Pale Rider” which was basically a remake of “Shane” didn’t show enough of the Sierras to be part of the movie.

  5. Corey Dargel says:

    I’m so glad I found your review of “Three Billboards…” It is a mystery to me that a few of my friends and colleagues have a profoundly negative reaction to this film. I think you came pretty close to saying that no character in the film deserves or requires our sympathy. I think the film is perfectly captivating without needing us to empathize with anyone in it. That, IMO, is what makes the performances so remarkable.

  6. Zeno says:

    Saw this film yesterday and can’t quit thinking about it. The acting was amazing, for sure. The story was never dull and just when you thought the threads would wind together, they unwound and left you wondering how it could ever end. I’m glad you mentioned the humor. I laughed out loud several times but the rest of the audience was quiet, so I’m guessing the humor was very subtle. I agree it’s one of the best films this year.

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