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

O Brother, Where Art Thou? Reviews

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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.
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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.
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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.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 6, 2001
It's a wild, whacked-out wonder.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 12, 2001
Leaves a sour taste.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
January 12, 2001
A roller-coaster ride with a goofy fun-house spirit, it's full of clever pranks.
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
January 12, 2001
You have to admire how deep and irreverently O Brother goes into our culture to find its material.
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
January 12, 2001
This is the funniest Coen brothers movie since 1996's Fargo.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
January 12, 2001
O Brother itself is just frustrating, mostly because we know what the Coens are capable of when truly inspired.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 12, 2001
A flattening pile of artifice and conceit disguised as a road comedy.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 12, 2001
Devilishly delightful.
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
January 12, 2001
Praiseworthy.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Paul Tatara
CNN.com
January 12, 2001
An especially elaborate variation on Hee Haw.
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Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News
January 11, 2001
A giddy merriment blessed with the Coens' skewed signature wit and the year's best soundtrack.
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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 11, 2001
Mixing dark humor with high spirits, the brothers take some wild risks that pay off surprisingly well.
| Original Score: A-
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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.
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Matt Wolf
Associated Press
December 29, 2000
A Coen brothers' also-ran is better than some filmmakers' best.
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
December 29, 2000
Joyously unhinged and outrageously inventive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
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.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
December 28, 2000
A cockeyed marvel of a comedy packed with amazing set pieces and glorious music.
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John Anderson
Newsday
December 22, 2000
Hilarious, homely, infuriating, ingenious, literary and looney.
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
December 22, 2000
The performances by George Clooney and Coen regulars like John Goodman and John Turturro are simply a delight.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
December 22, 2000
From moment to moment, O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a pleasure.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
December 22, 2000
A rambunctious and inspired ride.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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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USA Today
December 22, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
December 21, 2000
The art direction is impeccable, but this is a pop-up book that I was impatient to slam.
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Michael Atkinson
Mr. Showbiz
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.
| Original Score: 64/100
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Sean P. Means
Film.com
December 21, 2000
A nicely off-kilter exploration of American gumption.
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Robert Horton
Film.com
December 21, 2000
This particular excursion into screwball madness is often heavenly, and frankly leaves critical explication somewhat unnecessary.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
January 1, 2000
A charming, if lightweight, Coen brothers escapade.
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Hollywood Reporter
January 1, 2000
A wildly ambitious but ultimately unsatisfying goof on The Odyssey.