O Brother, Where Art Thou? Reviews

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February 15, 2010
This lightly engaging trifle could have been more fun with a greater helping of the Coens' antic spirit.
July 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.
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.
July 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.
September 10, 2002
I'll be darned. The Coen brothers, which many cinephiles (myself included) like to call the most exciting working American filmmakers, have just made a bad movie.
July 27, 2002
Amusing as it is, however, 'Brother' rarely achieves the same hilarious heights as previous Coen laughers.
September 4, 2001
Are the Coens just being smart alecks here, or are they saying something sourly profound about American popular culture?
April 16, 2001
Wide-ranging ambition is a virtue in a director, but it finally counts for little if the crucial human details are missing.
February 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!"
January 12, 2001
Limps along like a classics professor shot in the kneecap by his tenure committee.
January 12, 2001
Leaves a sour taste.
January 12, 2001
Too many dead spots between the inspired bits of nonsense to make O Brother the laugh riot it purports to be.
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
The thinly disguised contempt with which the Coens view redneck culture grows tiresome and, eventually, a bit mean.
January 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.
January 12, 2001
An especially elaborate variation on Hee Haw.
January 4, 2001
The ideas seem half-baked at best, and the gags are the flattest in any of the Coens' films.
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.
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