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A Serious Man Reviews

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Justin Stewart
Stop Smiling
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.
Will Leitch
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Jason Best
Movie Talk
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.
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
James Rocchi
Common Sense Media
December 18, 2010
Brilliant but bleak comedy for mature Coen brothers fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Simon Miraudo
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).
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
July 6, 2010
[A] film to be intuitively understood on an almost gut level and discussing it at length later to unravel its nuances is part of the pleasure of seeing such a film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
July 6, 2010
The Coens may play around with that tradition, they may disparage it or mock it. But they are irrevocably a part of it, and that's all to the good.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Michael Atkinson
Sight and Sound
July 6, 2010
A sincerely sympathetic portrait of an American family man in crisis -- even as it insults its characters and derides their culture.
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Rafer Guzman
July 6, 2010
If you're puzzled by the Coen Brothers' horrific comedies, this is the closest thing you'll get to an explanation.
Monika Bartyzel
July 6, 2010
It's serious about the craft of storytelling, both in form and function, with a dedication to characterization, pitch-perfect performances, and a cinematic backdrop that is both severely nostalgic and completely immersive.
Chris Bumbray
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
July 6, 2010
It's definitely a film worth seeing.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
July 4, 2010
In terms of putting a protagonist through the wringer, the directors haven't been quite this cruel since Barton Fink, a film which shares A Serious Man's penchant for extremely black - actually, make that bleak - humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.2/10
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
May 11, 2010
A Serious Man is several barrels full of laughs. But it's as serious-minded about suffering and misfortune as any film I've seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
April 2, 2010
The Coens the way I like them. This is their second best film after The Man Who Wasn't There.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Annlee Ellingson
Moving Pictures Magazine
March 25, 2010
In this Coen brothers comedy, a good-hearted, Midwestern family man finds his life unraveling at work and at home although he's done nothing to deserve it.
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
March 1, 2010
Una farsa genial, con aires de tragedia, que resulta en una brillante alegoría sobre la condición humana. Una más para el podio de lo mejor de los Coen.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
February 20, 2010
Simultaneamente divertido, melancólico e angustiante, Um Homem Sério é um filme de adultos para adultos.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
February 10, 2010
Lebowski, meet Gopnik.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Nora Lee Mandel
February 7, 2010
The Coens' creatively reinterpret the American Jewish experience in a cautionary folk tale with very amusing complications held together by pitch-perfect ensemble and design.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
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