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O Brother, Where Art Thou? Reviews

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December 6, 2016
It takes a lot for the Coen Bros to make a movie that isn't entertaining. 'O Brother Where Art Thou?' is engaging at times but it's very hit or miss. The cast is having fun which isn't unusual for a Coen flick, but it just didn't make me laugh and there were instances I was bored. Worthwhile for the performances and the supporting cast but we have come to expect better from Coen and Company. Final Score 5.7 of 10.
December 4, 2016
Overlooked today in favor of its folk soundtrack, "O Brother" stands out among the Coen bros films that tell a deep story with important themes, yet don't take themselves too seriously. O Brother takes The Odyssey and transports it to Depression-era Mississippi, and it will be remembered for clever dialog that's fitting for the time period. The use of repetition will be amusing for many, but annoying to other moviegoers.
November 28, 2016
O Brother, Where Art Thou is a magical experience who's mediocre ending can be forgiven for the wonderful goofiness the rest of it brings.
½ November 28, 2016
I know its a classic, bu I must have missed something. didn't enjoy it.
November 27, 2016
While certainly not a great film, it is entertaining enough to keep you watching.
November 24, 2016
One of the better musicals there are and one of the best Coen brothers movies.
November 14, 2016
A different take off of Homer's "The Odyssey," "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" benefits from an appealing cast and the usually strong directing and writing of the Coen brothers. While it charms with its dark humor and accurate depictions of the old south, the cinematography and soundtrack make it much more entertaining.
Super Reviewer
½ November 14, 2016
It's the Coens at their most escapist, but still one of their most unique and assured efforts maintaining a dreamlike quality through it's utter absurdity.
November 13, 2016
A film that's lovability comes from how odd it is. It's delightful and the music really makes it memorable.
½ November 12, 2016
With O Brother Where Out Thou, It's not all that surprising that the soundtrack achieved more mainstream success than the film.

As a total package the film is a series of near quaint sepia tinted vignettes with a certain "ol' timey" vibe. More of a compilation of various themes and scenes than an actual film, the type of thing you would expect a collection of fragmented pieces of art from a time now past. Some would say this as a negative but I think it works great.

Part Homer and part Twain, O Brother Where Out Thou follow a kind of dreamlike timeline. The film supposedly only takes place over a span of four days but events conspire that would have taken months, characters enter and leave the story without much effort or seeming relevance to the the larger plot, the plot ends at one point and then begins again.

The nontraditional narrative structure works with the conflicting opinions presented within on things like religion, America, redemption, and the ever present Coen's theme of finding meaning in life amidst gods, devils, monsters (like a one eyed John Goodman), and seemingly aimless chaos. It's an American period piece that elevates itself beyond it's immediate reach with ease.
½ October 22, 2016
The story is quite an adventure, and the characters are terrific. Curiously song-driven, the highlight for me was the Soggy Bottoms' bearded perfomrance.
October 17, 2016
A classic Cohen film ! The cinematography was
Outstanding !!! ??
October 9, 2016
Maybe I just like films based on Homer's Odyssey, but I think O Brotrher is brilliant. While very funny it deals with hard subjects, pulling no punches when it places the Confederate flag front and centre with the lynchings and 'secret societies' during the 30s. The film also acts as an important record of songs from the Great Depression and is worth the ticket just for that.
½ September 28, 2016
While few of the characters aren't much more than a series of quirks, the Coens manage to make a very appealing and very smart and interesting take on "The Odyssey" in this folk musical.
½ September 11, 2016
The Coen brothers cleverly combine the Odyssey with the Depression to create this wonderfully humorous and lighthearted tale of three escaped prisoners on a quest. With a few detours and strange encounters along the way, their hilarious journey will entertain you through and through.
September 1, 2016
Totally Fantastic movie.Excellent vocabulary and keeps your attention throughout the entire flick.
August 22, 2016
**
A rather poor entry from the Coen's here. It looks great, and has good performances, but other than that the movie feels like a flat, boring, one note song that I'd rather not listen to again.
August 17, 2016
best and funniest movie...
August 10, 2016
Full of the Coen Brother's trademark diologue, which makes for an entertaining ride, it's unclear what O Brother, Where Art Thou is actually about. Instead of a coherent film, it feels more like an amalgam of entertaining scenes that have been cobbled together. It is still hard to not get swept up in the specific brand of insanity that the Coen's excel at, it just would have been nice if some sense could be derived from the mass chaos that is presented.
August 2, 2016
Why do the klansmen make the most sense?
Well written. Clooney's best movie.
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