A Serious Man Reviews

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January 23, 2020
A Serious Man may be the hardest of sells for the Coens, but it is the most worthy too: painfully comic, rueful to its core, and capable of leaving Coen fans giddy with the sense that they have returned to form.
October 28, 2019
Although it may be small in scale, from the cast of unknowns to the claustrophobic suburban locale, it's big in terms of script, performance and impact.
October 25, 2019
The movie develops into a pretty good rabbi joke about the meaninglessness of the universe.
October 11, 2019
By the time A Serious Man ends in a stunner of a conclusion, the Coen Brothers have once again pulled off a magic trick, forcing us to search for meaning in a series of scenes that possibly exist as abstractions only to obfuscate a lack of depth.
October 3, 2019
Drawing upon the biblical Book of Job, A Serious Man is easily the most Jewish film that writer-directors Joel and Ethan Coen could make.
September 23, 2019
This is a fantastic exploration on the power of religion and culture. The Coens working at their best capacity. [Full review in Spanish].
June 7, 2019
The Coens' humor cuts deep, and A Serious Man is ultimately something quite beautiful.
August 30, 2018
Does have its delicious moments and Michael Stuhlbarg does give an excellent, exasperated, frazzled lead performance... But without any warmth or expansiveness it all seems too cruelly easy and shrivelling somehow.
February 4, 2018
... as funny, heartbreaking, questioning, trying, exasperating and sincerely inquisitive a portrait of the human condition as you'll find on screen.
January 17, 2018
The entire script is a mishmash: funny, droll, and anxiety producing, just like daily life in many Jewish families.
September 11, 2017
See this movie for a good laugh, and know that no matter what's going on in your life, A Serious Man proves things can certainly get worse.
June 1, 2015
It's methodical, distancing and sarcastic, like all of their movies. And like all of them, it's exciting cinema, "eminently watchable," as one of its characters would say.
June 22, 2013
This might be the Coen Brothers' best film. I suspect they think so too. Even if you sense they can't quite grasp what they've stumbled across here, and surely don't want to.
August 2, 2012
For all the droll wit on display, it's hard to warm to the Coens' chilly parable. Is Larry's suffering the work of God or the Devil, or just the random chaos of an indifferent universe? Arch-ironists to their fingertips, the Coens aren't telling.
November 16, 2011
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April 20, 2011
I guess gleeful misanthropy wasn't enough for the Coen Brothers. Now they want to make it clear that God ... excuse me, Hashem ... is an unforgiving bastard.
December 18, 2010
Brilliant but bleak comedy for mature Coen brothers fans.
October 27, 2010
Joel and Ethan Coen love to play God; they put their characters through hell, torturing them endlessly and treating them with disdain before finally giving them peace (usually through death, madness or some form of imprisonment).
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