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A Serious Man Reviews

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January 7, 2010
Finally, a deep, dark comedy that quietly tickles the intellectual, moral and situational funny bone without pandering to easy laughs or overdone bathroom humour ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Orange County and Long Beach Blade
December 30, 2009
One of the ten best films of 2009
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Dan Jardine
Cinemania
December 28, 2009
A Serious Man challenges head on some might big issues, including the meaning of it all
Full Review | Original Score: 87/100
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
December 27, 2009
If there is a moral to this story, it is that trying to make sense of life is a foolish endeavor doomed to failure.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Paul Chambers
CNNRadio
December 20, 2009
The Coen brothers lost all touch with the mainstream on this film. Nothing funny about "A Serious Man," just odd and off-putting. Paul Chambers, CNN.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Dragan Antulov
rec.arts.movies.reviews
December 18, 2009
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Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
December 17, 2009
Even here, in their mystical-obscure mode, the Coens work cleanly and rigorously.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
December 17, 2009
I hated just about every agonizing, smug minute of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
Jan Stuart
Screen International
December 16, 2009
A unique alchemy seems to take hold on those sporadic occasions when the Coen brothers decide to get down with their ethnic roots.
Chris Barsanti
PopMatters
December 15, 2009
...for almost the first time in their careers, [the Coen bros.] have twined that jabbing satire with a deeper sense of the tragic.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
December 12, 2009
an at times sublime cinematic exploration of the inscrutable nature of earthly suffering and possibly the best mainstream treatment of that subject since Woody Allen's Crimes and Misdemeanors
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 10, 2009
This is the brothers most personal and most Jewish film, which doesn't stop it from being their most universal and one of their best.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Jeffrey Chen
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
December 7, 2009
As great a movie as the brothers have ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Rubin Safaya
Cinemalogue.com
December 6, 2009
It's a funny film, but mostly to those who convince themselves that there's truth behind every facet of Larry's ludicrously-miserable existence.
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com
December 3, 2009
Yet another masterpiece from the Coen Brothers. Something like an existential Alfred Hitchcock movie crossed with Jewish spirituality, a touch of mysticism and the Coens' insistence that the rates of mortality and morality are rigidly intertwined.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Cosmo Landesman
Sunday Times (UK)
November 27, 2009
The human comedy as portrayed in this film was never so cruel - or so funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
November 27, 2009
This film is at once laugh-out-loud funny and deeply serious, troubling and satisfying, warm and bleak, both respectful of the Jewish heritage and mocking its restrictions and false comforts.
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
November 27, 2009
A Serious Man may be the Coens' most personal film, but the humour's too oblique to truly trouble the funnybone.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jonathan Romney
Independent on Sunday
November 27, 2009
Admirers of the Coens - including those who have lapsed, like myself - will rejoice in their best film for a long while, and one of their most irreducibly oddball.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 26, 2009
A Serious Man simply doesn't care whether or not you like it. In part, I think that's exactly why I do like it: The "take it or leave it" attitude is refreshing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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