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8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 178 Ratings

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Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 30
  2. Negative: 3 out of 30
  1. 64
    For all its originality, O Brother doesn't seem to have a point, or enough spark to distract us from the lack thereof.
  2. 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.
  3. For all its ambitions, though, the Coens' odyssey is a scattershot affair with too many tricks and twists for its own good.