A bleak and subtle film. Your ability to laugh at it is a test of your level of schadenfreude. All around, another fine Coen Brothers film and quite possibly their most authentic, honest, and least affected one to date. This is why they are superior to the likes of Sophia Coppola, Wes Anderson, and other "quirky" directors. They have ability to tell a wide array of stories. This is also a unique film in that it is about the death of a career, not an artist on the cusp of greatness. I knocked off a half-star for the sudden ending.