[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