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STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
Unmissable 5 Stars
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Good 3 Stars
Poor 2 Stars
Tragic 1 Star

FILM DETAILS
Certificate 12
Cast
George Clooney
John Turturro
Tim Blake Nelson
Charles Durning
John Goodman
Michael Badalucco
Holly Hunter
Directors
Joel Coen
Screenwriters
Joel Coen
Ethan Coen
Ethan Cohen
Running Time
107 minutes

O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Among the Coens most purely pleasurable films. The nearest thing to a real feelgood musical the movies have pulled off in years.


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Plot
The Coen brothers splice Homer's Odyssey with Preston Sturges and Depression era America and come up with a road movie-cum-screwball comedy.


Verdict
With their annual output now as eagerly anticipated as that of Woody Allen, the Coen brothers are cinema's most precious gift: unbending auteurs and cultural magpies, who find poetry in tins of hair-wax and livestock marooned on rooftops. Cherish them.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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