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O Brother, Where Art Thou? Reviews

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Well up to the brothers' usual high standards.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 5/5

May 9, 2012
James Plath
Movie Metropolis

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

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 9/10

December 29, 2011
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

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 Source: Groucho Reviews | Original Score: 3/4

September 26, 2011
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Teens might enjoy this offbeat Odyssey adaptation.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

December 26, 2010
David Medsker

May not be the funniest or wackiest movie from Joel and Ethan Coen, but it is easily their most ambitious work to date.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

September 4, 2010
Michael Dequina

This lightly engaging trifle could have been more fun with a greater helping of the Coens' antic spirit.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 15, 2010
Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online

It has a remarkable (if playfully skewed) fidelity to the epic poem of mythical struggle, even if the filmmaking brother act never actually read Homer's work...

Full Review Source: Turner Classic Movies Online

December 6, 2009
Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

In its best moments (of which there are a few), O Brother, Where Art Thou? has a twang to it.

Full Review Source: City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

August 21, 2009
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

The Coens are like party acquaintances who keep changing the subject and then staring at you quizzically when you can't follow the thread, or when you stop wanting to follow it, but who then block all your exit routes from their obnoxious conversation.

Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks | Original Score: C-

July 22, 2009
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review

The ferociously one-dimensional characters here make this muddy ramble more of a guilty pleasure than a success.

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 3/5

August 7, 2008
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons

It's not up there with Lebowski, but its still a darn good tale.

Full Review Source: Dark Horizons | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 17, 2007
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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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 Source: Chicago Reader

November 7, 2007
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound

The Coen's tale of three escaped convicts has more to do with Homer the Simpson than Homer the poet.

Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Original Score: 2/4

July 14, 2007
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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Great dialogue, superb 'Scope camerawork from Roger Deakins, and a genuinely wondrous deus ex machina are among the delights.

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006
Derek Smith
Cinematic Reflections

its tongue-in-cheek humor effortlessly gives way to poignant drama and period musical pieces throughout.

Full Review Source: Cinematic Reflections | Original Score: 71/100

December 6, 2005
Ron Wells
Film Threat

O Brother, Where Art Thou? is amazing.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4.5/5

December 6, 2005
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

Watching Clooney, Turturro, and Nelson ham it up singing 'Man of Constant Sorrow' is one of this year's greatest big-screen delights.

| Original Score: B+

December 6, 2004
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather

O Brother, Where Art Thou? is the Being John Malkovich of the year 2000. The most remarkable thing about it is just how any sane studio executive agreed to back it.

Full Review Source: Film Blather | Original Score: B

March 6, 2004

It's an odd, charming movie, not for everyone, but definitely for Coen acolytes. A great adaptation. And buy the soundtrack.

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5

July 3, 2003
Jim Shelby
Palo Alto Weekly

As a big-budget film from two of our great contemporary social satirists, it falls short.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

May 20, 2003
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