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100
Rolling Stone
It's a wild, whacked-out wonder. Coenheads rejoice.
80
Los Angeles Times
Enlivening things to an unprecedented extent, the songs turn O Brother into perhaps the warmest production in the Coens' repertoire.
80
All I can say is this particular excursion into screwball madness is often heavenly, and frankly leaves critical explication somewhat unnecessary. Go see it and laugh.
78
A remarkable film. From its performances on down to director of photography Roger Deakins' sun-baked, dirty-ochre cinematography, the film is all of a piece.
63
USA Today
Of all unlikely possibilities, the team has finally made a movie that, for them, is on the tepid side.
60
Village Voice
The art direction is impeccable, but this is a pop-up book that I was impatient to slam.
50
Christian Science Monitor
For all its ambitions, though, the Coens' odyssey is a scattershot affair with too many tricks and twists for its own good.
50
Miami Herald
Remains naggingly hollow, a cerebral exercise in whimsy that isn't nearly clever or funny enough to seem like more than grand self-indulgence.
20
Chicago Reader
After making their two best features to date, "Fargo" and "The Big Lebowski," the Coen brothers have surely come up with their worst.
0
Entertainment Weekly
Why would filmmakers with this much talent work this hard to thumb their noses at everything they put on screen?

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