O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)



Critic Consensus: Though not as good as Coen brothers' classics such as Blood Simple, the delightfully loopy O Brother, Where Art Thou? is still a lot of fun.

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In the Depression-era deep South, three escapees from a Mississippi prison chain gang: Everett Ulysses McGill, sweet and simple Delmar, and the perpetually angry Pete, embark on the adventure of a lifetime as they set out to pursue their freedom and return to their homes. With nothing to lose and still in shackles, they make a hasty run for their lives and end up on an incredible journey filled with challenging experiences and colorful characters. However, they must also match wits with the cunning and mysterious lawman Cooley, who tracks men, bent on bringing the trio back to the prison farm.
PG-13 (for some violence and language)
Comedy , Drama
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George Clooney
as Ulysses Everett McGill
Tim Blake Nelson
as Delmar O'Donnell
John Goodman
as Big Dan Teague
Holly Hunter
as Penny Wharvey
Chris Thomas King
as Tommy Johnson
Charles Durning
as Pappy O'Daniel
Del Pentecost
as Junior O'Daniel
Michael Badalucco
as George `Babyface' Nelson
Wayne Duvall
as Stokes
Ray McKinnon
as Waldrip
Brian Reddy
as Eckard
J.R. Horne
as Pappy's Staff Member
Ed Gale
as The Little Man
Royce D. Applegate
as Man with Bullhorn
Frank Collison
as Wash Hogwallop
Quinn Gasaway
as Bog Hogwallop
Lee Weaver
as Blind Seer
Milford Fortenberry
as Pomade Vendor
Stephen Root
as Radio Station Man
John Locke
as Mr. French
Gillian Welch
as Soggy Bottom Customer
A. Ray Ratliff
as Record Store Clerk
Mia Tate
as Siren
April Hardcastle
as Waitress
Michael W. Finnell
as Interrogator
Georgia Rae Rainer
as Wharvey Gal
Marianna Breland
as Wharvey Gal
Lindsey Miller
as Wharvey Gal
Natalie Shedd
as Wharvey Gal
John McConnell
as Woolworth's Manager
Issac Freeman
as Gravedigger
Wilson Waters Jr.
as Gravedigger
Robert Hamlett
as Gravedigger
Willard Cox
as Cox Family Member
Evelyn Cox
as Cox Family Member
Suzanne Cox
as Cox Family Member
Sidney Cox
as Cox Family Member
Buck White
as White Family Member
Sharon White
as White Family Member
Sheryl White
as White Family Member
Ed Snodderly
as Village Idiot
David Holt
as Village Idiot
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Critic Reviews for O Brother, Where Art Thou?

All Critics (148) | Top Critics (37)

After making what are still probably their two best features, the Coen brothers came up with their worst, a piece of pop nihilism.

Full Review… | November 7, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Great dialogue, superb 'Scope camerawork from Roger Deakins, and a genuinely wondrous deus ex machina are among the delights.

Full Review… | January 25, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The Coens' usual arch deliberateness isn't quite as deliberate, and there's an appealing shagginess to some of the episodes and performances.

September 26, 2002
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

It's a wild, whacked-out wonder.

February 6, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Leaves a sour taste.

January 12, 2001
Detroit News
Top Critic

A roller-coaster ride with a goofy fun-house spirit, it's full of clever pranks.

January 12, 2001
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for O Brother, Where Art Thou?


Typically meandering and enigmatic, O Brother is not quite as great as the Depression it takes place during, but it still displays the Coen brothers eye for historical detail and dry humor and includes some beautiful music and cinematography.

Sam Barnett
Sam Barnett

Super Reviewer

The Coen Brothers' southern-comfort-film is a solid hospitable charm. O Brother, Where Art Thou? may stray away and become difficult to understand with the heavy hick-like accents, but it's delightful to hear such dialogue from its dynamic cast, including George Clooney, John Turturro & John Goodman. Regardless of its flaws, the film is comical and stylish in its direction and visual interpretation. 4/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer


Lightheartedly brilliant with a great script torn into by a great cast. Full review later.

Thomas Bowler
Thomas Bowler

Super Reviewer

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