O Brother, Where Art Thou? 2000

Critics score:
77 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Susan Stark, Detroit News: Leaves a sour taste. Read more

Jane Sumner, Dallas Morning News: A giddy merriment blessed with the Coens' skewed signature wit and the year's best soundtrack. Read more

A.O. Scott, New York Times: A rambunctious and inspired ride. Read more

Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader: After making what are still probably their two best features, the Coen brothers came up with their worst, a piece of pop nihilism. Read more

Matt Wolf, Associated Press: A Coen brothers' also-ran is better than some filmmakers' best. Read more

Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star: 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. Read more

Steve Murray, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Mixing dark humor with high spirits, the brothers take some wild risks that pay off surprisingly well. Read more

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times: 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. Read more

Paul Tatara, CNN.com: An especially elaborate variation on Hee Haw. Read more

Steven Rosen, Denver Post: You have to admire how deep and irreverently O Brother goes into our culture to find its material. Read more

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly: 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. Read more

Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle: This is the funniest Coen brothers movie since 1996's Fargo. Read more

John Anderson, Newsday: Hilarious, homely, infuriating, ingenious, literary and looney. Read more

Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture: The Coens' usual arch deliberateness isn't quite as deliberate, and there's an appealing shagginess to some of the episodes and performances. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: The filmmakers' trademark quirkiness is in evidence, but it often feels forced and the comedic elements are inconsistent. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: 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. Read more

Charles Taylor, Salon.com: From moment to moment, O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a pleasure. Read more

Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle: Joyously unhinged and outrageously inventive. Read more

Geoff Andrew, Time Out: Great dialogue, superb 'Scope camerawork from Roger Deakins, and a genuinely wondrous deus ex machina are among the delights. Read more

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Todd McCarthy, Variety: A charming, if lightweight, Coen brothers escapade. Read more

J. Hoberman, Village Voice: The art direction is impeccable, but this is a pop-up book that I was impatient to slam. Read more

Desson Thomson, Washington Post: 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. Read more

Stephen Hunter, Washington Post: 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. Read more