O Brother, Where Art Thou? - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

O Brother, Where Art Thou? Reviews

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John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
The Coen brothers have once again outdone themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
The plot is just as goofy and hilarious as you would expect, but equally important is the spectacular bluegrass score.
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
Though the movie occasionally over-reaches for jokes, in the end it redeems itself with originality and style -- admittedly, a style that will not appeal to some mainstream tastes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 26, 2002
The Coens' usual arch deliberateness isn't quite as deliberate, and there's an appealing shagginess to some of the episodes and performances.
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
I'll be darned. The Coen brothers, which many cinephiles (myself included) like to call the most exciting working American filmmakers, have just made a bad movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 2, 2002
With "O Brother,' the Coens have reached near perfection again, and that's something to sing about.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 31, 2002
...like life itself, the destination matters much less than the shared journey. And, in this case, the gorgeous yellow-toned cinematography and the music.
Full Review| Original Score: B

July 27, 2002
Amusing as it is, however, 'Brother' rarely achieves the same hilarious heights as previous Coen laughers.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
John Venable
June 28, 2002
There are so many home runs hit deep out of the park on this one! What a great movie!
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
June 10, 2002
hardly a dark, weighty epic. In fact, it's more like the Red Velvet Cake that's a Southern speciality: lovely to look at, multi-layered and best taken lightly.
Collin Souter
May 25, 2002
A second viewing sure does help, but it's still one of the lesser Coen projects.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Gary Susman
Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
This is an epic dreamed up and set in Coenland, where familiar film genres get twisted into balloon animals, and where anything might happen to the characters because, hey, why not?
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
March 9, 2002
Thoroughly enjoyable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
February 28, 2002
One of the best films of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Jeremiah Kipp
January 27, 2002
Light, slight, stream-of-consciousness never looked so good to me.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 10, 2001
Yes, it's very stylised and mannered, it tries far too hard to be funny, and it's still rather beguiling. It's also just a bit to odd to really work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
November 27, 2001
Rated F, for Funny as all get out.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
October 24, 2001
...a meandering shaggy dog that never really goes anywhere but has a marvelous time trying.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Scott Weinberg
October 10, 2001
A joyous mixture of the absurd and the sublime.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Glenn Kenny
Premiere Magazine
September 4, 2001
Are the Coens just being smart alecks here, or are they saying something sourly profound about American popular culture?
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