A Serious Man
A Serious Man (2009)

"A Serious Man" is the story of an ordinary man's search for clarity in a universe where Jefferson Airplane is on the radio and "F-Troop" is on TV. It is 1967, and Larry Gopnik, a physics professor at a quiet… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: October 2, 2009
DVD Release Date: February 9, 2010
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Blending dark humor with profoundly personal themes, the Coen brothers deliver what might be their most mature -- if not their best -- film to date.

Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

The Coens may play around with that tradition, they may disparage it or mock it. But they are irrevocably a part of it, and that's all to the good.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Their most inside joke ever, it leaves you with a lot to chew on, if not a lot to enjoy.

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Justin Stewart
Stop Smiling

It's methodical, distancing and sarcastic, like all of their movies. And like all of them, it's exciting cinema, "eminently watchable," as one of its characters would say.

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Rafer Guzman

If you're puzzled by the Coen Brothers' horrific comedies, this is the closest thing you'll get to an explanation.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

Mostly, A Serious Man succeeds because it engages questions worth asking. What is integrity? Does our atavistic need for stories illuminate the meaning of life or further obfuscate it? What does it mean to be good and how are we to achieve it?

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Will Leitch

This might be the Coen Brothers' best film. I suspect they think so too. Even if you sense they can't quite grasp what they've stumbled across here, and surely don't want to.

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Ben Walters
Time Out

The film's potency is rooted in quiet precision and detailed realisation. Roger Deakins's typically polished photography gives an oppressively hard edge to Midwestern suburbia.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

Life is pain. Life is funny. Things happen randomly, with no purpose or reason that can be discerned. Searching for answers is futile. Enjoy what you can.

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Jason Best
Movie Talk

For all the droll wit on display, it's hard to warm to the Coens' chilly parable. Is Larry's suffering the work of God or the Devil, or just the random chaos of an indifferent universe? Arch-ironists to their fingertips, the Coens aren't telling.

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Flixster Audience Score: 67% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
The Coen brothers chose the most perfect actors for this hilarious farce, their most personal work to date which splendidly combines dark humor and Jewish… More
Sophie Burgess
An 'intelligent' film which says more in silence than what it does in words. I tried really hard to care about these characters but I just found them… More
Jens S.
After a really interesting and haunting prologue, this film is a 90 minutes collection of uncomfortable situations for the protagonist and viewer that fails to… More
Daniel Perry
I'll call this one The Little Lebowski in the Coens' career: a simple story about simple characters who just can't get a break, but instead of… More
Chris Weber
I've watched it a few times now, and even though I still don't have it all figured out (as if one is even supposed to), things become a little less… More
xGary Xx
A put-upon Jewish suburbanite suffers the trials and indignities of everyday life in the 1960s. I'm a big fan of the Coen brothers and I'm convinced… More