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A Serious Man

25 Ratings: 3.0
A movie directed by the Coen Brothers.

A Serious Man is a black comedy feature film written, produced, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. It is due to be released on October 2, 2009, in the United States.      The film is set in St. Louis Park, Minnesota in the year … see full wiki

Release Date: 2009
MPAA Rating: R
15 reviews about A Serious Man
review by . October 27, 2010
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Finally, in my chronological journey through the Coen Brothers body of work, I come to the latest of their movies (surely not the last, which would be a cause for mourning).  If you have followed my reviews, you know that I find the core of the work (and the best of it) is about finding and understanding identity (See my review of Burn after Reading for a summary of my reviews to that point)..      In Serious Man, they return to their time (mid 60s), place (Midwest) and …
review by . November 22, 2010
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**** out of ****      "A Serious Man" proves that the Coen Brothers are some of the best two filmmakers living. They have impressed me in the past and they have disappointed me; a nice mix, if you ask me. They have had their triumphs, their successes, and then their lesser efforts. "A Serious Man" is one of their best by all means, being a thought-provoking piece of story-telling with not a boring moment to spare. I was seriously hooked every moment of the …
review by . February 20, 2010
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When Charlie Brown met Job
Why do bad things happen to good people?  After watching A Serious Man, I realized that it isn't so much that only the good people are the ones who have bad things happen to them, but that we care when they do.  We don't care about the bad things that happen to bad people, unless they're an anti hero.       A Serious Man is arguabbly most mature of the Coen Brothers movies, saving the skittish characters and the worst eccentricies for another …
review by . July 22, 2010
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What Pompted You to write a Review?      I really like this movie, but its not very well known How was the Plot, Acting, Direction?      Perfect, it was funny, everyone was very good at acting Were You ENTERTAINED?      yes, it was a very interesting story, I never looked at my watch Did It Fulfill Expectations? Hype Level?      I didn't have very high expectations, I knew it was nominated for best picture and …
review by . July 02, 2010
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Pros: Nothing at all, nothing      Cons: Every every every little and last thing.      The Bottom Line: Simply awful, no need to say more.      Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. Joel and Ethan Coen have sold their souls to a haphazard soulshark. Rather than giving up their whole souls for permanent triumphs, they have bargained to make at least one very bad movie for every very good one. …
review by . February 17, 2010
The Coen Brothers Show Their Versatility, But Leave More to be Desired...
Every time a Coen Brothers film comes out, they seem to go in this bad, good and decent order.  For example take No Country for Old Men; how that movie ever won best picture is beyond me because it was straight up terrible.  Then came Burn After Reading which was really good and funny.  Finally, A Serious Man comes out not to long ago and doesn't get a lot hype but none the less, the film is decent and gets nominated for best picture.  Now, does it deserve a best picture nod? …
Quick Tip by . August 29, 2010
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I thought this would work, but like "Burn After Reading" or "Barton Fink" it let me down. The Bros Coen keep getting more self-hating about their Jewish suburban angst; this curdles their arch narratives. Their smugness given their status as critical darlings contrasts with how Philip Roth or Bernard Malamud's novels from this 60s period managed critique of this oft-critiqued milieu without making you feel cheapened. Parts of this film were great, as in the twists at the …
Quick Tip by . July 24, 2010
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Jewish College Professor has his life coming apart at the seams as he copes with what is supposed to be lifes mysteries and too often not finding the right solutions. Fantastic cast and film.
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
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This film gets under your skin because you realize elements of your life are not much different from the characters in this movie set in the 1960's.
review by . March 08, 2010
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You fervent movie buffs all know by now that the Coen Brothers grew up Jewish in Minnesota. They 'know' Minnesota to the bone; they proved that in "Fargo", still my favorite among their films for its deep understanding of the Minnesota conviction that decency will prevail over depravity, even if only by naive luck. But I was born in Minnesota and spent part of my childhood there, so I have an insider's response to that depiction. The Coen Brothers' films about the Deep South and Southern California …
Quick Tip by . March 27, 2010
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A very funny and bizarre look at the life of a Jewish man and his dysfunctional family and neighbors. Very original!
Quick Tip by . February 20, 2010
A milquetoast sees everything in his life coming apart and having almost no control over what happens but asked to carry the burden. Good.
review by . February 12, 2010
Ethan and Joel Coen continue to make films that make the audience scratch their heads even while they are laughing in response to situations and dialogue they don't clearly understand. That is part of the beauty of the Coen brothers' films. They are conundrums, perhaps, but highly skilled and polished ones. They are an acquired taste.    A SERIOUS MAN has a fascinating overture - a dark drama in Yiddish about a curse, a dybbuk ('In Jewish folklore, a disembodied human spirit …
review by . February 12, 2010
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"A Serious Man"    Very Dark Comedy    Amos Lassen    The Coen brothers explore questions of faith, teenage delinquent behavior, academia, family, Judaism and mortality in their new Academy Award nominated film, "A Serious Man". Let me say from the very beginning of this review that I loved it totally and it has quickly moved to the top of my ten best list. This is not just a film to be viewed but one to be talked about and therein lays …
Quick Tip by . November 20, 2009
I was never bored, but I was also never satisfied by this film. I walked out thinking I'll never get those hours back.
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