Box Office - 09/12/2009 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he Coen brothers create yet another comedy classic with their latest send up, A SERIOUS MAN. No one does comedy quite like the Coens..."
Los Angeles Times - 10/02/2009
"[A] pitch-perfect comedy of despair that, against some odds, turns out to be one of their most universal as well."
USA Today - 10/02/2009 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "A SERIOUS MAN is a wonderfully odd, bleakly comic and thoroughly engrossing film. Underlying the grim humor are serious questions about faith, family, mortality and misfortune."
Chicago Sun-Times - 10/02/2009
"[T]his is mysterious, provocative and, occasionally, very funny..."
A.V. Club - 10/01/2009
"[T]here's something sweet and even a little heartening about the movie....Maybe it's that the lead character is arguably the most sympathetic Coens protagonist since Nicolas Cage in RAISING ARIZONA." -- Grade: A-
Rolling Stone - 10/15/2009 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "This seriously funny movie, artfully photographed by Richard Deakins, is spiritual in nature, barbed in tone, and, oh, yeah, it stings like hell."
Entertainment Weekly - 10/09/2009
"[V]ery much a landmark in the Coen canon....Working with affectionate mockery, the Coens take the cinder-block-synagogue banality of American Jewish life in 1967 and make it look as archly exotic as the loopy Scandinavian-American winterscape of FARGO." -- Grade: A-
Chicago Sun-Times - 10/07/2009 4 stars out of 4 -- "[The film] bears every mark of a labor of love....Rich and funny..."
Variety - 10/01/2009
"Certainly, the Coens' filmmaking skills are sharply attentive to the occasion. Precision is the name of the game in the writing, camera placement, editing, music choices and pitch of the performances..."
Washington Post - 10/09/2009
"A darkly funny, affectionate homage to their Jewish roots, A SERIOUS MAN feels like the Coens' most disarmingly personal film..."
Entertainment Weekly - 12/25/2009
Included in Entertainment Weekly's "The Best Films Of The Year" -- "Funny and savage in equal measure..."
Rolling Stone - 12/24/2009 Ranked #7 in Rolling Stone's "The 10 Best Movies Of 2009" -- "[D]eliciously tongue-in-cheek, and dead-on serious."
USA Today - 12/31/2009 Ranked #9 in USA Today's "Top Ten Films Of 2009."
Uncut - 11/09/2009 5 stars out of 5 -- "Stuhlbarg, an American stage actor with only a few films on his CV, is brilliant as the anxious, bespectacled Larry..."
The Coen Brothers (NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN) get back to their Minnesota roots with this film that blithely walks the line between comedy and drama. Set in 1967, A SERIOUS MAN centers on Larry Gopnik (Michael Stuhlbarg), a university professor whose life is falling apart around him.
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