O Brother, Where Art Thou?
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O Brother, Where Art Thou?
The writing, directing, and producing team of Joel Coen and Ethan Coen created this picaresque comedy (inspired in part by Homer's The Odyssey) set in the Deep South during the Depression. Suave and fancy-talking Everett Ulysses McGill (George Clooney), dim-witted Delmar (Tim Blake Nelson), and easily-excitable Pete (John Turturro) are serving time together on a prison chain gang. Everett knows where $1.2 million is hidden that's theirs for the taking, and the three manage to escape; however, a stranger soon warns them that they'll find treasure, but not the sort they're… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"After making what are still probably their two best features, the Coen brothers came up with their worst, a piece of pop nihilism."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"It's a wild, whacked-out wonder."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Well up to the brothers' usual high standards."
‑ , Film4
"Teens might enjoy this offbeat Odyssey adaptation."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"It has a remarkable (if playfully skewed) fidelity to the epic poem of mythical struggle, even if the filmmaking brother act never actually read Homer's work..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Turner Classic Movies Online
"Great dialogue, superb 'Scope camerawork from Roger Deakins, and a genuinely wondrous deus ex machina are among the delights."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Leaves a sour taste."
‑ Susan Stark, Detroit News
"Everyone who has the capacity for abstract thought, raise your hands . . . and take this Coen brothers' journey."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"May not be the funniest or wackiest movie from Joel and Ethan Coen, but it is easily their most ambitious work to date."
‑ David Medsker, Bullz-Eye.com
"In its best moments (of which there are a few), O Brother, Where Art Thou? has a twang to it."
‑ Rob Nelson, City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
"The Coens' usual arch deliberateness isn't quite as deliberate, and there's an appealing shagginess to some of the episodes and performances."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine
"A roller-coaster ride with a goofy fun-house spirit, it's full of clever pranks."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Even with its mock-pretentious parallelism to The Odyssey...O Brother, Where Art Thou? refuses to take itself seriously, which is both its principal failing and its charm. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"This lightly engaging trifle could have been more fun with a greater helping of the Coens' antic spirit."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"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."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
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