O Brother, Where Art Thou?

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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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Ulysses Everett McGill (George Clooney) is having difficulty adjusting to his hard-labor sentence in Mississippi. He scams his way off the chain gang with simple Delmar (Tim Blake Nelson) and maladjusted Pete (John Turturro), then the trio sets out to pursue freedom and the promise of a fortune in buried treasure. With nothing to lose and still in shackles, their hasty run takes them on an incredible journey of awesome experiences and colorful characters.

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George Clooney
Everett Ulysses McGill
John Turturro
Pete Hogwallop
Tim Blake Nelson
Delmar O'Donnel
John Goodman
Big Dan Teague
Charles Durning
Governor Pappy O'Daniel
Del Pentecost
Junior O'Daniel
Michael Badalucco
George "Babyface" Nelson
J.R. Horne
Pappy's Staff
Joel Coen
Director
Tim Bevan
Executive Producer
John Cameron
Co-Producer
Eric Fellner
Executive Producer
Robert Graf
Associate Producer
T Bone Burnett
Original Music
Carter Burwell
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Critic Reviews for O Brother, Where Art Thou?

All Critics (151) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (117) | Rotten (34)

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

    November 7, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Great dialogue, superb 'Scope camerawork from Roger Deakins, and a genuinely wondrous deus ex machina are among the delights.

    January 26, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
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  • 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
  • It's a wild, whacked-out wonder.

    February 6, 2001 | Rating: 5/5
  • Leaves a sour taste.

    January 12, 2001 | Rating: 1/4
  • A roller-coaster ride with a goofy fun-house spirit, it's full of clever pranks.

    January 12, 2001

Audience Reviews for O Brother, Where Art Thou?

  • May 16, 2017
    Quirky Coen Brothers film with a phenomenal soundtrack. I dug it. Rating: 72
    Bradley J Super Reviewer
  • May 29, 2016
    Three convicts escape from their chains and head off to find 1.2 million in cash waiting for them. Along the way hilarious situations arise. A thoroughly entertaining and funny adventure by the Coen brothers.
    Peter B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 09, 2014
    While it isn't the best Cohen brothers movie out there, O Brother still offers up plenty of chuckles with excellent acting and dialogue to keep it enjoyable in one of the most deplorable times in history. The three leads are fun to watch scamper around the country on the loose from their chain gang. Some of their adventures dabble in the absurd while others are pretty cooky, but overall, it comes full circle to a story about friendship and resolution more so than what it starts out being in a search for treasure.
    Lane Z Super Reviewer
  • Aug 26, 2014
    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 B Super Reviewer

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