A Serious Man

106 mins
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The masterful Coen brothers (No Country For Old Men, The Big Lebowski) present a black comedy set in 1967, about... More

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A Serious Man | Ratings & Reviews

"One doesn't know how (auto)biographical any or all of this is, but there's a tartness to the telling of what amounts to a well-shaped series of anecdotes that bespeaks distant pain or, at least, wincing memory twisted into mordant comedy by time and sensibility."


"A complex, non-commercial Coen film that strips back the stars for an absorbing, affectionate look at the Bros’ youth. It keeps much at arm’s length, but with Stuhlbarg holding the disorder in check, A Serious Man will be a serious contender for Coen fan Top Fives."

Total FilmTotal Film

"See this film immediately."

Time OutTime Out

"The story is at once hilarious and horrific, its significance both self-evident and opaque. The same could be said of most of the Coen brothers’ movies, in which human existence and the attempt to find meaning in it are equally futile, if also sometimes a lot of fun. (For us, at least.)"

The New York TimesThe New York Times

"This seriously funny movie, artfully photographed by the great Roger Deakins, is spiritual in nature, barbed in tone, and, oh, yeah, it stings like hell."

Rolling StoneRolling Stone

"Have I mentioned A Serious Man is so rich and funny? This isn't a laugh-laugh movie, but a wince-wince movie. Those can be funny too."

Roger EbertRoger Ebert

"But it's finally more grim than funny and leaves us with the same uncomfortable feeling that Burn did: that the boys are more interested in their own amusement than their audience's."

New Zealand HeraldNew Zealand Herald

"A seriously funny film about an angst-ridden Jewish professor seeking the answers to life's questions and getting a metaphysical pie in the face."

Hollywood ReporterHollywood Reporter

"Admirably low-key, deeply compelling and their warmest movie since Fargo."

Empire MagazineEmpire Magazine

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