A Serious Man Synopsis
Personal and professional crises lead a professor to seek advice from three rabbis.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Ever wondered "Why Me Lord?"

By Matthewsdad
The Coen Brothers this time are very creative useing the Jewish household (lifestyle) as a tool to pursue the existential question -" why do people want answers from god when bad things happen to...

Painfully funny

By leahbrooks
The characters in this movie are painfully familiar... like many relatives. This made it both hard to watch and funny. Not the typical Coen Bros. movie....

It's funny, because it isn't happening to me...

By Walrus_and_Pinnacle
I do not laugh often. I was explaining this to my companion the night before we went to see A Serious Man. She was, fairly, a bit taken aback to see me roar through this movie. It is hilarious...

Five Word Review

By vkaufman
should have been much better...

This ride called life

By butteredkorn
has many turns,alot of valley's and mountains and where you end up is a mystery. That's what this movie's about,a fable of how when things can go wrong they will and just when you think it can't get...

Serious but entertaining

By Sarah E
This is a moderately thought provoking film based on the culture that the Coen brothers grew up in and apparently know well, although any other culture could have been subjected to the same...

a serious man

By martingg
I was offended by it...The Coen Brothers must think it's too cool in NY and LA to mock and insult stereotypes..... the movie was offensive....

God is in the Details

By rock45
This is one of the funniest depressing films you will ever see. Every part is brilliantly cast and the suburban 60s the perfect setting to simultaneously fascinate and repulse. My "feel good movie"...

definite see if you're jewish and over 30

By dtraitel
If you're jewish and over 30, this will bring you back to memories of your parents' or grand-parents' home. The atmosphere is pitch-perfect for that era. Not sure someone who isn't jewish and didn't...

the Coens are at it again!

By jmcossio87
When i look at the Coens brothers' resume, they are almost flawless..from the masterpiece Fargo to the oscar winner No Country For Old Men, and even the funnier scripts of Raising Arizona to Burn...

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Rated R | For language, some sexuality/nudity and brief violence
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Brilliant but bleak comedy for mature Coen brothers fans.
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