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O Brother, Where Art Thou? Reviews

November 7, 2007
After making what are still probably their two best features, the Coen brothers came up with their worst, a piece of pop nihilism.
January 26, 2006
Great dialogue, superb 'Scope camerawork from Roger Deakins, and a genuinely wondrous deus ex machina are among the delights.
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.
February 6, 2001
It's a wild, whacked-out wonder.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
January 12, 2001
Leaves a sour taste.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
January 12, 2001
A roller-coaster ride with a goofy fun-house spirit, it's full of clever pranks.
January 12, 2001
You have to admire how deep and irreverently O Brother goes into our culture to find its material.
January 12, 2001
This is the funniest Coen brothers movie since 1996's Fargo.
January 12, 2001
O Brother itself is just frustrating, mostly because we know what the Coens are capable of when truly inspired.
January 12, 2001
A flattening pile of artifice and conceit disguised as a road comedy.
January 12, 2001
Devilishly delightful.
January 12, 2001
Praiseworthy.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 12, 2001
An especially elaborate variation on Hee Haw.
January 11, 2001
A giddy merriment blessed with the Coens' skewed signature wit and the year's best soundtrack.
January 11, 2001
Mixing dark humor with high spirits, the brothers take some wild risks that pay off surprisingly well.
Read More | Original Score: A-
December 29, 2000
The surprise is how much fruitful digression such plotlessness makes possible. With no particular place to go, this hobo of a movie is free to roam the damnedest places.
December 29, 2000
A Coen brothers' also-ran is better than some filmmakers' best.
December 29, 2000
Joyously unhinged and outrageously inventive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 29, 2000
Before it's all over, the real siren songs of time and place turn the visual kitsch into a distilled Americana that's unexpectedly stirring.
December 29, 2000
I had the sense of invention set adrift; of a series of bright ideas wondering why they had all been invited to the same film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 29, 2000
As a Coen brothers fan I hate to say this, but the movie's a collection of great bits and pieces rather than a complete work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 29, 2000
It's a new new thing, classic myth from both literature and the movies, commingled, set to great folk music, and untrammeled by any sense of predictability, urgency, realism or believability but hypnotic, graceful and seductive.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
December 28, 2000
A cockeyed marvel of a comedy packed with amazing set pieces and glorious music.
December 22, 2000
Hilarious, homely, infuriating, ingenious, literary and looney.
December 22, 2000
The performances by George Clooney and Coen regulars like John Goodman and John Turturro are simply a delight.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 22, 2000
From moment to moment, O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a pleasure.
December 22, 2000
A rambunctious and inspired ride.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
December 22, 2000
O Brother's music is more than pleasant background; it is a living presence, and with apologies to an excellent cast, just about the star of the picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 22, 2000
The latest misanthropic flimflam from the Coen brothers, is like an extended Three Stooges episode featuring an even stupider version of the cast of Hee Haw.
Full Review | Original Score: F
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December 22, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 21, 2000
The art direction is impeccable, but this is a pop-up book that I was impatient to slam.
December 21, 2000
For all its originality, O Brother doesn't seem to have a point, or enough spark to distract us from the lack thereof.
Read More | Original Score: 64/100
December 21, 2000
A nicely off-kilter exploration of American gumption.
December 21, 2000
This particular excursion into screwball madness is often heavenly, and frankly leaves critical explication somewhat unnecessary.
December 18, 2000
The filmmakers' trademark quirkiness is in evidence, but it often feels forced and the comedic elements are inconsistent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 1, 2000
A charming, if lightweight, Coen brothers escapade.
January 1, 2000
A wildly ambitious but ultimately unsatisfying goof on The Odyssey.