O Brother, Where Art Thou?
In the deep south during the 1930s, three escaped convicts search for hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them. On their journey they come across many comical characters and incredible situations. Based upon Homer's 'Odyssey'.
Jonathan Rosenbaum After making what are still probably their two best features, the Coen brothers came up with their worst, a piece of pop nihilism.
Geoff Andrew Great dialogue, superb 'Scope camerawork from Roger Deakins, and a genuinely wondrous deus ex machina are among the delights.
Peter Rainer 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 A roller-coaster ride with a goofy fun-house spirit, it's full of clever pranks.
Steven Rosen You have to admire how deep and irreverently O Brother goes into our culture to find its material.
Eric Harrison This is the funniest Coen brothers movie since 1996's Fargo.
Terry Lawson O Brother itself is just frustrating, mostly because we know what the Coens are capable of when truly inspired.
Rene Rodriguez A flattening pile of artifice and conceit disguised as a road comedy.
Steven Rea Devilishly delightful.
Paul Tatara An especially elaborate variation on Hee Haw.
Jane Sumner A giddy merriment blessed with the Coens' skewed signature wit and the year's best soundtrack.
Geoff Pevere 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.
Matt Wolf A Coen brothers' also-ran is better than some filmmakers' best.
Jay Carr Before it's all over, the real siren songs of time and place turn the visual kitsch into a distilled Americana that's unexpectedly stirring.
Michael Wilmington A cockeyed marvel of a comedy packed with amazing set pieces and glorious music.
John Anderson Hilarious, homely, infuriating, ingenious, literary and looney.
Charles Taylor From moment to moment, O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a pleasure.
J. Hoberman The art direction is impeccable, but this is a pop-up book that I was impatient to slam.
Sean Means A nicely off-kilter exploration of American gumption.
Robert Horton This particular excursion into screwball madness is often heavenly, and frankly leaves critical explication somewhat unnecessary.
Todd McCarthy A charming, if lightweight, Coen brothers escapade.