O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

O Brother, Where Art Thou?



Critic Consensus: Though not as good as Coen brothers' classics such as Blood Simple, the delightfully loopy O Brother, Where Art Thou? is still a lot of fun.

Movie Info

In the Depression-era deep South, three escapees from a Mississippi prison chain gang: Everett Ulysses McGill, sweet and simple Delmar, and the perpetually angry Pete, embark on the adventure of a lifetime as they set out to pursue their freedom and return to their homes. With nothing to lose and still in shackles, they make a hasty run for their lives and end up on an incredible journey filled with challenging experiences and colorful characters. However, they must also match wits with the … More

Rating: PG-13 (for some violence and language)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 12, 2001
Box Office: $45.2M
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as Ulysses Everett McGi...

as Delmar O'Donnell

as Big Dan Teague

as Penny Wharvey

as Tommy Johnson

as Pappy O'Daniel

as Junior O'Daniel

as George `Babyface' Ne...

as Stokes

as Waldrip

as Pappy's Staff Member

as The Little Man

as Man with Bullhorn

as Wash Hogwallop

as Bog Hogwallop

as Blind Seer

as Pomade Vendor

as Radio Station Man

as Mr. French

as Soggy Bottom Custome...

as Record Store Clerk

as Siren

as Interrogator

as Wharvey Gal

as Wharvey Gal

as Wharvey Gal

as Wharvey Gal

as Woolworth's Manager

as Gravedigger

as Gravedigger

as Gravedigger

as Cox Family Member

as Cox Family Member

as Cox Family Member

as Cox Family Member

as White Family Member

as White Family Member

as White Family Member

as Village Idiot

as Village Idiot

as Woolworth's Manager
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Critic Reviews for O Brother, Where Art Thou?

All Critics (152) | Top Critics (37)

After making what are still probably their two best features, the Coen brothers came up with their worst, a piece of pop nihilism.

Full Review… | November 7, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Great dialogue, superb 'Scope camerawork from Roger Deakins, and a genuinely wondrous deus ex machina are among the delights.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The Coens' usual arch deliberateness isn't quite as deliberate, and there's an appealing shagginess to some of the episodes and performances.

Full Review… | September 26, 2002
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Well up to the brothers' usual high standards.

Full Review… | May 9, 2012

Everyone who has the capacity for abstract thought, raise your hands . . . and take this Coen brothers' journey.

Full Review… | December 29, 2011
Movie Metropolis

Even with its mock-pretentious parallelism to The Odyssey...O Brother, Where Art Thou? refuses to take itself seriously, which is both its principal failing and its charm. [Blu-ray]

Full Review… | September 26, 2011
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Audience Reviews for O Brother, Where Art Thou?


Typically meandering and enigmatic, O Brother is not quite as great as the Depression it takes place during, but it still displays the Coen brothers eye for historical detail and dry humor and includes some beautiful music and cinematography.

Sam Barnett
Sam Barnett

Super Reviewer

The Coen Brothers' southern-comfort-film is a solid hospitable charm. O Brother, Where Art Thou? may stray away and become difficult to understand with the heavy hick-like accents, but it's delightful to hear such dialogue from its dynamic cast, including George Clooney, John Turturro & John Goodman. Regardless of its flaws, the film is comical and stylish in its direction and visual interpretation. 4/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer


Lightheartedly brilliant with a great script torn into by a great cast. Full review later.

Thomas Bowler

Super Reviewer

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