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12,128 Ratings

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Directed by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
United States, United Kingdom, 2000
Comedy, Crime, Music


Loosely based on Homer’s “Odyssey” the movie deals with the picaresque adventures of Everett Ulysses McGill and his companions Delmar and Pete in 1930s Mississipi.

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O Brother, Where Art Thou? Directed by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2001 | 2 nominations including: Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published



Individual setpieces shine — especially a Ku Klux Klan rally that turns into a musical number — and Clooney’s turn as a vain ex-con trying to win back his wife announced to the world that, yes, he could be funny in a movie. It has its pleasures, but this is possibly the messiest film in the directors’ body of work.
February 05, 2016
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[This] was the first film that confirmed that the Coens could make a genuinely cheap joke. Suddenly, the humor that had coasted along the line of condescension had crossed that threshold and every character was treated as if they were pure evil or truly ignorant, prideful fools or scoundrels devoid of any real humanity… This, however, is not to say that O Brother, Where Art Thou? is necessarily a bad movie. In fact, it’s a largely enjoyable one, not lacking in intriguing stylistic flashes.
October 03, 2011
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The ornate rhetoric and the air of studied proficiency are customarily so potent in a Coen Brothers picture that they almost dare you to offer too simple a rejoinder. But let’s try: O Brother sounds great, looks luscious, and has some moments of shambolic charm, but it’s also desperately performed, indifferently directed, and parodistically ill-structured, with a streak of real callousness slashed right down its middle.
July 01, 2009
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