San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The movie is funny, definitely funny. But underlying the humor is a vision so bleak, so despairing and so utterly hopeless as to make "No Country for Old Men" almost look cheerful.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
It’s a work of cruel comic genius, in some ways even crueler than “No Country for Old Men.’’
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
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."
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
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.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
A wonderfully odd, bleakly comic and thoroughly engrossing film.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
The always surprising Coen brothers have finally made a very serious movie with A Serious Man. It's about God, man's place in the world and the meaning of life, so naturally it's one of their funnier movies.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
This unsettling, shaggy, surrealistic pillow of a movie - a mixed bag more funny-strange than ha-ha.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
The humor is sharp and so are the judgments, which pile on until the characters are nearly suffocated under the weight of so much disdain.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
What do the Coen brothers want of us? More specifically, what do they want us to think of the repellent people in this pitilessly bleak movie?
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79 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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