This marks the first leading actor nod for Jones. He has been nominated twice before in the supporting actor category and won once at the 66th Academy Awards for his role in “The Fugitive.”

Tommy Lee Jones is marvelous in the film. He has one scene in particular, a simple two-person encounter, that’s as good as it gets in the realm of American screen acting.”
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

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“However you judge the movie’s politics, and whatever its flaws, there is something inarguable, something irreducibly honest and right, about Mr. Jones’s performance.”
A.O. Scott
New York Times

“The spare, ingrained purity of Jones’ work, here and in the upcoming ‘No Country for Old Men’, is astonishing. Want to see acting lifted to the level of art? This is it.”
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

“Jones is the film’s key force, giving one of the best performances of his career.”
Tamara Straus
San Francisco Chronicle