A Serious Man Reviews

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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.
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.
December 17, 2009
I hated just about every agonizing, smug minute of it.
November 20, 2009
To me, and I suspect the mass of the cinema-going public, it feels nasty and pointlessly vindictive. There's a hole in the middle of this movie, where a modicum of empathy and humanity ought to be.
November 20, 2009
Comedy, even tragicomedy, should not feel like such hard work.
November 15, 2009
You're unlikely to react with much more than a shrug.
November 4, 2009
Larry's spiritual crisis doesn't attain its demanded empathy, leaving A Serious Man as a lesser work by great artists.
October 28, 2009
Bleak and tedious, it's an ambivalent memoir about Biblical adversity, filled with edgy, alienating angst.
October 23, 2009
All the Coens come up with is a movie about bad things happening to limited people.
October 22, 2009
Every character is ugly and repulsive except the shiksa next door. What does this say about the Coen Brothers?
October 17, 2009
One might put up with the insufferable sense of superiority of the Coen brothers if this movie had some laughs.
October 13, 2009
Sort of a modern day setting for the Book of Job, although the acting is exceptional this is probably too esoteric to appeal to a wide audience.
October 9, 2009
Humor and empathy alike have trouble flourishing in the grim narrative soil the Coens provide, in which every cosmic joke is a black one.
October 9, 2009
It's fair to ask - even beyond the gargoyles and caricatures who pass for Jewish people in the film - what the point of it all was.
October 9, 2009
A Serious Man is no more special than a Jennifer Aniston movie.
October 8, 2009
A faint promising shadow of the potential masterwork it should have been.
October 2, 2009
Since everyone is turned into such a caricature, the answers feel optional. It's hard to forget that Larry's fate is being controlled not by God or luck or even his own worst instincts, but by the Coens.
October 2, 2009
What do the Coen brothers want of us? More specifically, what do they want us to think of the repellent people in this pitilessly bleak movie?
September 29, 2009
The production notes are larded with the Coen Brothers' disclaiming protestations of affection for their hapless characters, but make no mistake: We're being invited to share in their disgust.
September 28, 2009
It's not so much that "A Serious Man" isn't accessible--it is that. But the film never sets down parameters.
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