A Serious Man Reviews

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January 17, 2018
The entire script is a mishmash: funny, droll, and anxiety producing, just like daily life in many Jewish families.
November 16, 2011
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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.
July 6, 2010
If you're puzzled by the Coen Brothers' horrific comedies, this is the closest thing you'll get to an explanation.
November 20, 2009
The film's potency is rooted in quiet precision and detailed realisation. Roger Deakins's typically polished photography gives an oppressively hard edge to Midwestern suburbia.
November 20, 2009
A Serious Man represents the brothers at their sardonic best, wringing a sacrilegious amount of gallows humour from the trials of their latterday Job.
November 20, 2009
Euphoric, sad and thoughtful all at once... The Coens have finished the noughties as America's pre-eminent film-makers.
November 20, 2009
For proof of comedy and tragedy's close relationship, watch this. Larry is essentially having a nervous breakdown yet it's the Coens' most humanely funny script in years.
November 20, 2009
There's no real answer given, but then the Coen brothers have never been known as philosophers. They are, however, pretty smart film-makers.
November 19, 2009
On some level, the Coens' flippancy is self-protective. But there's fascination and pleasure in their trick of constructing a film like a theorem where nothing adds up.
October 30, 2009
The Coen brothers may just have made their masterpiece with this, their 14th feature and yet another hairpin-bend change of direction, which has been their trademark for their entire career.
October 21, 2009
Their most inside joke ever, it leaves you with a lot to chew on, if not a lot to enjoy.
October 16, 2009
Mostly, A Serious Man succeeds because it engages questions worth asking. What is integrity? Does our atavistic need for stories illuminate the meaning of life or further obfuscate it? What does it mean to be good and how are we to achieve it?
October 16, 2009
Life is pain. Life is funny. Things happen randomly, with no purpose or reason that can be discerned. Searching for answers is futile. Enjoy what you can.
October 16, 2009
This parable of the welcome-unwelcome guest is less a key to the ensuing domestic drama than a teasing reminder of the traditional roots of the brothers' singular skill with humor and violence.
October 16, 2009
Resolutely paced, impeccably staged and lensed, it's comedy for people who can laugh at poetic car wrecks, obtuse rabbis, mysterious dental messages and an endlessly drained cyst.
October 15, 2009
Embrace the mystery, the Coens tell us. At the same time, they can't resist pulling the rug out from under our feet.
October 14, 2009
Is A Serious Man funny? Absolutely - but in much the same way as the old joke about a fellow who loved to hit his own head because it felt so good when he stopped.
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