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O Brother, Where Art Thou? Reviews

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Sean Axmaker
November 18, 2016
The Coen's O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a Coen odyssey reworked as a tall tale in the folk song idiom of superstition, magic realism and religious mysticism and delivered with a mix of screwball goofiness and intellectual whimsy.

May 9, 2012
Well up to the brothers' usual high standards.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
December 29, 2011
Everyone who has the capacity for abstract thought, raise your hands . . . and take this Coen brothers' journey.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
September 26, 2011
Even with its mock-pretentious parallelism to The Odyssey...O Brother, Where Art Thou? refuses to take itself seriously, which is both its principal failing and its charm. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 26, 2010
Teens might enjoy this offbeat Odyssey adaptation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Medsker
September 4, 2010
May not be the funniest or wackiest movie from Joel and Ethan Coen, but it is easily their most ambitious work to date.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online
December 6, 2009
It has a remarkable (if playfully skewed) fidelity to the epic poem of mythical struggle, even if the filmmaking brother act never actually read Homer's work...
Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
August 21, 2009
In its best moments (of which there are a few), O Brother, Where Art Thou? has a twang to it.
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
The ferociously one-dimensional characters here make this muddy ramble more of a guilty pleasure than a success.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
November 17, 2007
It's not up there with Lebowski, but its still a darn good tale.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Great dialogue, superb 'Scope camerawork from Roger Deakins, and a genuinely wondrous deus ex machina are among the delights.
Derek Smith
Cinematic Reflections
December 6, 2005
its tongue-in-cheek humor effortlessly gives way to poignant drama and period musical pieces throughout.
Full Review | Original Score: 71/100
Ron Wells
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
O Brother, Where Art Thou? is amazing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 6, 2004
Watching Clooney, Turturro, and Nelson ham it up singing 'Man of Constant Sorrow' is one of this year's greatest big-screen delights.
Read More | Original Score: B+
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
March 6, 2004
O Brother, Where Art Thou? is the Being John Malkovich of the year 2000. The most remarkable thing about it is just how any sane studio executive agreed to back it.
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 3, 2003
It's an odd, charming movie, not for everyone, but definitely for Coen acolytes. A great adaptation. And buy the soundtrack.
Full Review| Original Score: 4.5/5
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
Top Critic
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.
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