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O Brother, Where Art Thou?

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

2000
Comedy
Crime
1h 47m
A trio of escaped prisoners (Clooney, Nelson, Turturro) embarks on the adventure of a lifetime as they set out to pursue their freedom and the promise of sharing in the division of a fortune in buried treasure. (Touchstone Pictures)
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O Brother, Where Art Thou?

2000
Comedy
Crime
1h 47m
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Rated 24 Jan 2007
93
97th
One of the Coens' best, a glorious mix of depression-era folk songs, Homer's Odyssey, and Preston Sturges-style comedy. It's jam-packed with plot development, with one "tight spot" after another. Clooney shows a remarkable ability to handle comedy, the music is enthralling, and Deakins' tempered cinematography is beautiful.
Rated 24 Jan 2007
90
85th
Another excellent Coens movie. It's very clever, it has a great cast, it looks awesome, and it has oodles of great music. Oodles, I say.
Rated 21 Mar 2009
5
91st
The ability of the Coens to operate so effortlessly in so many different styles never ceases to blow me away. This is some of the most fun I've ever had watching a movie, with a fantastic blend of comedy and American music and a clever reworking of the Odyssey to fall back on. I could listen to the soundtrack for days.
Rated 13 Mar 2009
74
64th
I don't know if it's already an adjective, but this is as Coen as can be. ... Funky dialogues, the extravaganza of weird characters, and subtile attention to detail. ... Clooney, Nelson, and Turturro also carried this movie to a higher level. Turturro especially is made for these kind of roles. ... Also the references to Robert Johnson and Babyface Nelson were actually pretty amusing. ... "damn, we're in a tight spot"
Rated 01 Mar 2020
93
95th
Oh my, oh my... Another masterpiece that I'm glad that I haven't watched when I was younger as I would stick to the lack of meat in the story and miss all the stylistic genius and the more philosophical undercurrents. It has the typical Coen movie feel, but somehow also has something more than that, the dark comedy part of this (due to the Odyssey effect perhaps) is more "right on" and touching in a bizarre way. I think that Turturro is one of the most under-appreciated actors of all time.
Rated 17 Mar 2019
80
84th
A fantastical and uproariously funny (if very loose) adaptation of Homer's The Odyssey set in the rural South during the Great Depression. As expected from the Coens, everything is up to an absurdly high standard, but the soundtrack in particular is superb, full of soulful guitar and twangy harmonies. In a film packed with great performances, John Goodman's turn as a cyclops/Bible salesman stands out as a real highlight. An endlessly amusing cavalcade of goofy hillbillies and inbred yokels.
Rated 20 Aug 2008
90
91st
Funny and superbly entertaining with a stellar soundtrack. Essential viewing, especially for a Coen Bros. fan.
Rated 27 Apr 2019
75
83rd
Distinctively Coen Brothers movie. Great atmosphere from the music and the tinting. The plot sort of meanders around at parts but you could jump into the movie at any time and it wouldn't feel repetitive. They had an actual magical negro. Fav scenes: (1) fisticuffs at Woolworth's and (2) the KKK scene.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
7
84th
It's hilarious, all three of the leads refuse to let each other out-quote or out-charm each other with onscreen charisma, and the fantastic soundtrack will have you dosey do till the break of dawn. One of my favorite Coen movies.
Rated 08 Feb 2013
86
95th
Remember that one summer when everyone seemed like they were going to get into bluegrass?
Rated 03 Oct 2020
80
80th
Rewatch: It's really funny, has some great acting, and includes some great music, especially Tim Blake Nelson's song. There's some fantastic and very memorable scenes throughout.
Rated 30 Jan 2010
91
93rd
The story and characters of this movie are so amazingly put together, there are so many small, hilarious bits that just work perfectly. The way the period is handled is out of this world and the main trio of actors do a phenomenal job. The story as a whole isn't the most gripping, and the digital coloring is distracting at times (however, 90% of the time is works flawlessly). This is a prime example of how damn talented the Coens are.
Rated 22 Jul 2016
85
63rd
Great music, no question, but the movie as a whole never quite clicked for me - maybe too much Coen Brothers Weirdness(tm). I'm not sorry I saw it, but I doubt I'll revisit it anytime soon.
Rated 18 Feb 2010
89
95th
I was a man of constant sorrow until I saw this movie. It made me smile.
Rated 02 Jun 2013
64
75th
Personally, I could have done without the Odyssey references, the pacing is meandering, and the drama doesn't always work. But the characters, the acting, the music, and the cinematography are all top-notch. The comedy hits all the right notes, and this might be the Coen Brothers' most charming film, even if it's not their best. A lot of fun and enjoyment wrapped up in a Southern tale.
Rated 20 Dec 2009
94
93rd
An artful, continually surprising comic Hillbilly version of Homer's Odyssey.
Rated 11 Nov 2015
65
42nd
"This one wasn't for me," says the reviewer who typically enjoys the Coens. "Why?" shouts an outraged reader. "No reason, really," laments the reviewer who has nothing to say.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
86th
Really odd-ball movie - a country-hick version of the Iliad/Odyssey. Great music. See if you know all of the references.
Rated 28 Dec 2021
77
63rd
Wonderfully acted/crafted entry in the Coens' American mythos, putting Homer's Odyssey in the setting of Cool Hand Luke. But it's lightweight for its epic connotations and lacks the edge that I think marks the brothers' best work. It draws a lot of strength from music, invoking authentic gospel/delta blues to maximum toe-tapping effect. The deus ex gaia ending is a Coen staple - natural disasters that force spiritual reckoning from hubristic protagonists.
Rated 17 Mar 2009
89
93rd
I have no reason to explain why but I really like the music in this. The trio of Clooney, Nelson and Turturro I found to be really funny. As normal with the Coen movies I have seen this is once again a strange story line, but it sorta works if you hang in there. I need to add the Soggy Bottom Boys to my I Like List, so I know when they will be performing in my area. And this review was sponsored by Dapper Dan.
Rated 18 Apr 2008
86
85th
The Coen brothers strike again: off-beat, funny and driven by strong performances with three very interesting characters on a Homerian odyssey. Nice music, too!
Rated 24 Oct 2018
92
95th
??:A film this beautifully shot & made doesn't deserve to also be this hilarious. A film this hilarious doesn't deserve to also be this beautifully shot & made: Only Coens could've done this! | Brilliant, gorgeous, wild-cap craziness. | Clooney here is VERY charming & doesn't take himself 2 seriously (as Heartthrob star, leading man) 2 play a vain clutz, to hilarious effect. JT also great. All quirky & bizarre characters met along trail wonderfully crafted & acted | Superb ? 2
Rated 15 Sep 2008
98
98th
A feel good Movie by Coen's. It's high class entertainment by high class actors. I've seen this Movie several times and never get tired of watching it again & again. By the way the Score is amazing too.
Rated 27 Jun 2018
65
68th
it's a more of a love letter to the south and folk music, fashioned in the way of classic fables. it has that weird coen aroma, the quirkiness and the attention to detail, but this movie is more about the music and the soul of the south than the so-so plot it trots out. visually and aurally beautiful, somewhat lacking substance. like the south, i guess.
Rated 29 Sep 2013
84
81st
Cheekily named after the unmade script in Sullivan's Travels, O Brother is all a bit of southern fun. Has a spiritual Forest Gump feel to it. Cinematographer got to bathe in the natural light, lazy droopy era willows and ceremonial burning crosses with glee. Stand out here is the turn of the century bluegrass, folk, gospel combination soundtrack. Care for some gopher?
Rated 22 Dec 2009
100
97th
Greek mythology meets the mythologies of 1930s America - the blues, Robert Johnson and the cross roads, the South, and many more upon it - its episodic narrative making more sense to me on this rewatch in presenting the film closer to ancient journey myths and how it's all the tangents which give them their quality. The result is a beautiful, humorous and playful view of the period, with one of the best soundtracks put together and with a well of depth to it between every great joke.
Rated 15 Dec 2011
89
95th
George Clooney, John Turturro and Tim Blake Nelson work really well together in this fun comedy. The script is really funny, the locations are great to look at and the music is outstanding. I definitely recommend this film, it is tremendous fun.
Rated 17 Dec 2011
17
10th
was very appealing to me when i was a stupid rock-child.
Rated 17 Oct 2007
98
98th
This is one of the those big hit movies, that make you realize that Hollywood isn't completely run by brain dead idiots. Stellar in every way.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
84
52nd
Pretty good movie.
Rated 14 Feb 2010
4
56th
An audiovisual masterpiece, even taking into consideration the people we have putting this together. The music alone makes any reaction I can have be favorable. It does seem like they could have either done more with its Odyssey themes or scrapped it altogether; the narrative kind of runs out of steam with the best bits early on. I can't really say I laughed much either, it was more a constant appreciation until an unsatisfying conclusion.
Rated 18 Oct 2007
80
93rd
Great plot, playing on the edge of what's feasible in real-life. Excellent characterisation and acting.
Rated 05 Sep 2008
25
3rd
a good excuse for stabbing your ears and eyes
Rated 24 Mar 2011
90
93rd
Clooney manages to have a worse boxing stance than Rocky.
Rated 14 Jul 2007
82
67th
The first time I saw this movie I couldn't even make it past 25 minutes before I got bored/annoyed and gave up. I gave it another shot because I've liked other Coen movies and I guess I must have been having a bad day that first time, because it's a really well done movie. The whole Odyssey reference works really well and, while not everything in the movie ties together perfectly, all the individual parts work well on their own.
Rated 22 Sep 2010
73
88th
Really fascinating take on The Odyssey and possibly Clooney's best performance.
Rated 03 Nov 2007
98
98th
The Coens are at their best with this take on Homer's story. Watch for Coen Brothers regulars in oddball roles. The soundtrack is amazing as well.
Rated 21 Apr 2012
81
65th
Without prior knowledge of.. anything, I can't say I completely understand this bizarre tale.
Rated 28 Feb 2007
90
97th
It's a well run campaign, midget 'n broom 'n whatnot.
Rated 25 Jul 2010
94
98th
I'm watching all the Coen movies and so far I love certain films and really don't like others. This one is one of their best imo. Whenever the two brothers and Clooney work together, you see the magic in the air. Great story, as mostly based on a biblical or mythical story and adapted by the Coens into their own, solid and imaginative story. At certain moments this film made me laugh and even feel happy!
Rated 31 Dec 2007
99
94th
This movie is an absolute gem. As a loose adaptation of Odyssey starring a strangely well cast George Clooney and Jonh Turturruo, the movie entertains from beginning to end, with plenty of laughs and great music along the way. John Goodman steals every scene he's in as the big talking Bible salesman "Big" Dan Teague
Rated 22 Sep 2018
90
89th
R - The Coens do the Odyssey in the South in Depression era, Robert (Tommy) Johnson at the crossroads, notorious bankrobber, politics, the Klan... sirens, the oracle, a cyclops... Great music, unbelievable colours, sparkling dialogue.
Rated 13 Nov 2011
50
33rd
was very appealing to me when i was a stupid rock-child.
Rated 20 Jun 2008
90
94th
The Great Depression permeates this movie, from it's sepia toned hue to the period music and speech. A clever take on Homer's Odyssey, this film is one my favorite Cohen brothers films.
Rated 22 Nov 2006
78
67th
Fun, good music
Rated 19 Jun 2012
84
60th
What a heartfelt compilation of aged folk tales! A Homeric journey from a rendezvous with Robert Johnson at them soul-sellin' Crossroads, to a brief run-in with the one man chain gang Babyface Nelson. It's a sort of a love affair with bluegrass. I have to admit, this film relies on it's poignant longing for the bittersweet countryside blues, but overall it has a wide variety of scenes and situations that are filled with farcical, satirical, and mesmerizing accounts.
Rated 04 Aug 2020
84
46th
I feel pessimistic about my chances for a happy marriage when I see George Clooney jump through so many hoops for such an unappreciative and ugly wife
Rated 14 Aug 2007
71
32nd
Doesn't seem to go anywhere, but it's OK nonetheless.
Rated 11 Feb 2015
85
85th
Improves every time I watch it. It's just a funny little movie about three idiots who seem to be wandering cluelessly through a modern version of Homer's Odyssey. I love that Homer gets a writing credit on Criticker.
Rated 29 Apr 2012
80
84th
Really underrated at this point
Rated 31 Jul 2009
81
86th
Pure class from the Coen's again. This was a really important film for George Clooney, as it really set him apart from his daytime TV roots and gave him a lot of credibility. And to be fair it is easy to see why, he is excellent. A great use of music, a brilliant script and several quality performances mean this is pretty much as good as any comedy the Coen's have produced. Recommended.
Rated 23 Dec 2008
100
99th
I could run my mouth for years about why this is one of my favorite films of all time. The soundtrack, is simply, welp, awesome. All of the characters are amazing, and I don't just mean the main ones. Even people with bit parts brought their A game to this movie. I love the time period, I love how the three main characters are so varied in their personalities, I love it all. This movie was consistant enough in portraying the time period to really suck you in. Perfect. =D
Rated 12 Aug 2009
90
90th
A great retelling of The Odyssey, with the Coen Bros. signature tongue-in-cheek humor. It's got some gorgeous cinematography, an exceptional cast, and one of the best movie soundtracks ever.
Rated 12 Mar 2021
50
22nd
Just don't find these Coen films as funny as other people seems to do.
Rated 18 Jan 2021
90
93rd
Awesome heartwarming adventure movie with a bit of comedy.
Rated 17 May 2008
80
64th
17 Mayis 08 & Coenlerden bir tane daha kendini ciddiye alan absürd-komedi calismasi.Genele baktigimizda yol filmi katagorisine sokabiliriz.John Turturro & Clooney ve Goodman cok basarili.Filmin kendine ait bir atmosferi var.Bu da filmi izlemek & sevmek icin bir baska neden.Goruntu yonetmenininde payi cok buyuk tabii.
Rated 13 Sep 2007
89
95th
This is one of the best movies the Coen brothers have ever done. I really enjoyed the movie and how they put in Homer's classic story from a long, long time ago.
Rated 02 Mar 2007
75
89th
Brilliant.
Rated 14 May 2017
75
38th
The peculiar visual style and the soundtrack work but the end product needs more comic value.
Rated 28 Oct 2011
92
95th
Some of the best dialogue you'll hear in a modern film, and the music is captivating. And I'm not just saying this because I happened to watch "Good Burger" a few hours before.
Rated 08 Feb 2021
78
71st
Turturro and Clooney done some real good acting, they did.
Rated 30 Nov 2023
88
59th
This one doesn't hold the profound complexity that other Coen Bros movies has, but it's a really funny, visually interesting romp through a cast of unique characters and happenings. Add to that a fantastic soundtrack and you have a very fun movie that still holds up on every rewatch.
Rated 23 Feb 2021
85
81st
That political analysis in the third act is *chef's kiss*
Rated 09 Jun 2007
95
94th
I didn't quite like it at first, as I went in thinking of the Odyssey and being jarred by the bluegrass, but subsequent viewings have instilled a love for the Coen brothers in me.
Rated 03 Jan 2022
90
65th
"Not the livestock." Easily one of the funnest movies I have seen to date. 3 guys breaking out of the line to pursue the treasure while running into a lot of little misadventures along the ways was really fun. They meet a bunch of characters and have a little story arc with each one fitting into the overall narrative. Music and score was beautifully done and the characters all felt genuine. A lot of memorable lines as well. I love this movie, I highly recommend for slow and easy watch.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
37
15th
I just didn't get it. I can enjoy Clooney and some of the music, though.
Rated 27 Jan 2012
85
91st
8+ excellent
Rated 02 Aug 2009
91
68th
I'm a Dapper Dan man.
Rated 25 Jul 2010
85
58th
The Coen's funniest film
Rated 02 Dec 2010
95
94th
The Coen trademarks are all here: solid writing, interesting characters, sharp dialogue, stunning imagery. Though you can't really give them credit for the story, the conversion into the finished product is brilliant.
Rated 10 Aug 2021
94
93rd
This movie…. This movie is incredible. It's bonkers, but it's so well-made. The cinematography is done by the same guy that was DP for 1917 and Skyfall. The story is a loose adaptation of Homers Odyssey. The music from beginning to end is amazing. Pretty awesome all around!
Rated 15 May 2009
73
54th
Didn't really get this one. I didn't find it funny and it's definitely my least favorite Coen brothers' movie that I've seen so far. I did really enjoy the music, but that was the best part for me. Maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I was more familiar with The Odyssey. Since I'm not, a lot of the references and characters didn't make a whole lot of sense to me. I almost fell asleep at one point and wasn't really fighting to stay awake, which told me I wasn't that into it.
Rated 15 May 2009
76
41st
A rare movie that I really do not have an opinion on. I debated giving it the most "meh" score possible (75), but bumped it up one point for the music. It wasn't bad...but I can't say I enjoyed it on any level either. I thought that it finally hit some kind of a stride starting with the KKK scene, and that vibe carried through to the ending for me. Problem being, that was only about 20% of the movie. Everything that led up to the final scenes wasn't very interesting or humorous to me.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
82
67th
This movie was better than I expected. I do not like George Clooney, but he was good in this film. The soundtrack is fantastic. The cameos are very good as well. John Goodman is God.
Rated 12 Feb 2009
100
92nd
Great music..Great story...Great cinematography
Rated 04 May 2015
9
92nd
It’s the old-timey Americana setting (the soundtrack is a revelation) and the infectiously fun rural road trip escapades (“Gopher?”); it’s a Dapper damn good Clooney with the rest of his terrific trio and an endlessly quotable script (“Well, ain’t this place a geographical oddity. Two weeks from everywhere!”), but it’s also the yearning (see the campfire convo) amidst very real life or death stakes, decorated with sensationalist religious flair-the danger of fire and the salvific power of water.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
85th
I hardly ever buy movies, but this was one of my first.
Rated 28 Oct 2008
75
59th
A pretty goofy movie but alot of fun.
Rated 15 Jan 2007
80
42nd
Its a great film, but I don't ever need to see it again, you know?
Rated 11 Oct 2010
100
14th
My favorite Coen Brothers film. Great characters, great actors. Phenomenal music.
Rated 13 Sep 2008
100
93rd
Perfect, as usual with all Coen Bros. films...
Rated 05 Jan 2011
67
28th
Meh, gets worse the more I think about it
Rated 19 Mar 2008
83
73rd
There is a guy with a one eye
Rated 05 Aug 2008
92
84th
Funny and just really good
Rated 24 Jun 2019
75
69th
Never has the old racist south been so much fun.
Rated 16 Nov 2010
65
42nd
Certainly inferior to most of the Coens' other work, this whacky transposition of Homer's Odyssey in America of the early 20th century feels like a bunch of good ideas all thrown together in a messy whole that, however, remains consistently entertaining until the way-too-symbolic ending. The result is disjointed and uneven but, nevertheless, fun to watch and full of the brothers' trademark weirdness. Also, kudos to Roger Deakins for the stunning cinematohraphy.
Rated 15 Apr 2010
95
90th
coen brothers at their best
Rated 01 Jun 2008
73
34th
Odd, amusing, wonderful.
Rated 11 Sep 2007
100
97th
Cohen Brothers rock! This is a great piece of cinema. If you like comedies at all this is a great movie.
Rated 29 Aug 2012
80
84th
good story and good music, what can go wrong?
Rated 20 Nov 2010
84
77th
Excellent cartoonish Odyssey allegory. Free reign is given on the cinematography and Clooney is a star turn.
Rated 17 Oct 2018
100
96th
O Brother, Where Art Thou? will be forever linked in my mind with my first job at Blockbuster Video. I listened to these songs so many times but they never got old. The music in this movie is something that can't be separated from the film. Every moment of music in this film is pure bliss. Mix that with a great script, Coen Brothers dark comedy, and one of the strongest casts that has ever been assembled in a movie and you will see why this movie is a classic.
Rated 04 Sep 2010
5
11th
i didn't care for the protagonists. I didn't at all.
Rated 13 Sep 2013
84
60th
Very easy-going for the Coens. but funny and charming as hell nonetheless. I even forgave/forgot the cheap sepia!
Rated 29 Jan 2023
75
46th
There's a lot to like here, but the story is rather scattershot. Everything on the technical side is well crafted, the acting is good, and I liked a lot of the dialogue. I'm just not sure it really comes together as a whole cohesive movie. The problem is it's caught in some weird middle ground where it tries to be both an adaptation, and something wholly original. IMO the Coens have enough style that they could have made this work without the Homer's Odyssey esque set pieces.
Rated 23 Feb 2010
77
59th
"I don't want FOP Damn it, I'm a Dapper Dan Man!"
Rated 14 Aug 2007
55
28th
While this isn't the most sleep-inducing film I've ever seen, I must admit that every scene after the 75 minute mark had me hoping it would be the last.
Rated 11 Mar 2009
65
9th
Could be better with that actors. fun but slow sometimes.
Rated 08 Jun 2009
81
93rd
Greek mythology set in hillibilly country in USA, and boy does it work. Wonderful bluegrass soundtrack and likeable characters.
Rated 25 Mar 2007
60
25th
Very...different. Entertaining in a quirky kind of way, but really it's just kind of bizarre and aimless.

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