O Brother, Where Art Thou? Reviews

Feb 15, 2010
This lightly engaging trifle could have been more fun with a greater helping of the Coens' antic spirit.
Jul 22, 2009
The Coens are like party acquaintances who keep changing the subject and then staring at you quizzically when you can't follow the thread, or when you stop wanting to follow it, but who then block all your exit routes from their obnoxious conversation.
Nov 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.
Jul 14, 2007
The Coen's tale of three escaped convicts has more to do with Homer the Simpson than Homer the poet.
May 20, 2003
As a big-budget film from two of our great contemporary social satirists, it falls short.
Sep 4, 2001
Are the Coens just being smart alecks here, or are they saying something sourly profound about American popular culture?
Apr 16, 2001
Wide-ranging ambition is a virtue in a director, but it finally counts for little if the crucial human details are missing.
Feb 7, 2001
Despite moments of brilliance and an incredible musical score, the film's lackluster pace and questionable storyline are liable to leave you thinking, well, "Oh, brother!"
Jan 12, 2001
Limps along like a classics professor shot in the kneecap by his tenure committee.
Jan 12, 2001
Leaves a sour taste.
Jan 12, 2001
Too many dead spots between the inspired bits of nonsense to make O Brother the laugh riot it purports to be.
Jan 12, 2001
O Brother itself is just frustrating, mostly because we know what the Coens are capable of when truly inspired.
Jan 12, 2001
A flattening pile of artifice and conceit disguised as a road comedy.
Jan 12, 2001
The thinly disguised contempt with which the Coens view redneck culture grows tiresome and, eventually, a bit mean.
Jan 12, 2001
Until now, the Coen brothers' movies have been condescending but clever, smirky but clever, heartless but clever, vague but at least vaguely clever. O Brother, Where Art Thou? has all of those ingredients except cleverness.
Jan 12, 2001
An especially elaborate variation on Hee Haw.
Jan 4, 2001
The ideas seem half-baked at best, and the gags are the flattest in any of the Coens' films.
Dec 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.
Dec 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.
Dec 21, 2000
The art direction is impeccable, but this is a pop-up book that I was impatient to slam.
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