O Brother, Where Art Thou?

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    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'.

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

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    The Coens' usual arch deliberateness isn't quite as deliberate, and there's an appealing shagginess to some of the episodes and performances.

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    It's a wild, whacked-out wonder.

    5/5
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    Leaves a sour taste.

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

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    You have to admire how deep and irreverently O Brother goes into our culture to find its material.

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    This is the funniest Coen brothers movie since 1996's Fargo.

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    O Brother itself is just frustrating, mostly because we know what the Coens are capable of when truly inspired.

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    A flattening pile of artifice and conceit disguised as a road comedy.

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    Devilishly delightful.

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    Praiseworthy.

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    An especially elaborate variation on Hee Haw.

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    A giddy merriment blessed with the Coens' skewed signature wit and the year's best soundtrack.

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    Mixing dark humor with high spirits, the brothers take some wild risks that pay off surprisingly well.

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    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.

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    A Coen brothers' also-ran is better than some filmmakers' best.

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    Joyously unhinged and outrageously inventive.

    3/4
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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

    4/5
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    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.

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    A cockeyed marvel of a comedy packed with amazing set pieces and glorious music.

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    Hilarious, homely, infuriating, ingenious, literary and looney.

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    The performances by George Clooney and Coen regulars like John Goodman and John Turturro are simply a delight.

    3/4
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    From moment to moment, O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a pleasure.

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    A rambunctious and inspired ride.

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    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.

    4/5
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    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.

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    The art direction is impeccable, but this is a pop-up book that I was impatient to slam.

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    For all its originality, O Brother doesn't seem to have a point, or enough spark to distract us from the lack thereof.

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    A nicely off-kilter exploration of American gumption.

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    This particular excursion into screwball madness is often heavenly, and frankly leaves critical explication somewhat unnecessary.

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    The filmmakers' trademark quirkiness is in evidence, but it often feels forced and the comedic elements are inconsistent.

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    A charming, if lightweight, Coen brothers escapade.

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    A wildly ambitious but ultimately unsatisfying goof on The Odyssey.

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