O Brother, Where Art Thou?
O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

In the Depression-era deep South, three escapees from a Mississippi prison chain gang: Everett Ulysses McGill, sweet and simple Delmar, and the perpetually angry Pete, embark on the adventure of a lifetime as they set out to pursue their… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: December 22, 2000
DVD Release Date: June 12, 2001
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Critic Score: 77% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though not as good as Coen brothers' classics such as Blood Simple, the delightfully loopy O Brother, Where Art Thou? is still a lot of fun.

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.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

It's a wild, whacked-out wonder.

Sean Axmaker

The Coen's O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a Coen odyssey reworked as a tall tale in the folk song idiom of superstition, magic realism and religious mysticism and delivered with a mix of screwball goofiness and intellectual whimsy.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Great dialogue, superb 'Scope camerawork from Roger Deakins, and a genuinely wondrous deus ex machina are among the delights.

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Susan Stark
Detroit News

Leaves a sour taste.


Well up to the brothers' usual high standards.

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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.

Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

A roller-coaster ride with a goofy fun-house spirit, it's full of clever pranks.

James Plath
Movie Metropolis

Everyone who has the capacity for abstract thought, raise your hands . . . and take this Coen brothers' journey.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
George Clooney is completely miscast in this insufferable and unexciting adventure comedy that fails in every lousy attempt at humor (especially in its nods to… More
Thomas Bowler
Lightheartedly brilliant with a great script torn into by a great cast. Full review later.
Sam Barnett
Typically meandering and enigmatic, O Brother is not quite as great as the Depression it takes place during, but it still displays the Coen brothers eye for… More
Eric Shankle
I really enjoyed this film. First off, the soundtrack is amazing but that is something you can expect when T-Bone Burnett produces it. Aside from that, the… More
Eugene Bernabe
The Coen Brothers' southern-comfort-film is a solid hospitable charm. O Brother, Where Art Thou? may stray away and become difficult to understand with the… More
Joe McCall
Fantastic telling of the Odyssey for a generation too lazy to actually read the book.