Says Kenneth Turan of the L.A. Times, "Writer-directors Joel and Ethan have seized the opportunity afforded by the Oscar-winning success of 'No Country for Old Men' to make their most personal, most intensely Jewish film, a pitch-perfect comedy of despair that, against some odds, turns out to be one of their most universal as well."
Claudia Puig of USA Today: "'A Serious Man' is a wonderfully odd, bleakly comic and thoroughly engrossing film."
In addition to winning best picture of 2007 for "No Country for Old Men," the Coens were nominated in the top derby race for "Fargo" in 1996, losing to "The English Patient." Read more about the Coen brothers' awards history in Gold Derby's writeup on "A Serious Man." Check out what our readers think of its new Oscar hopes in our forums.
Considering there will be slots for 10 nominees for best picture this year instead of the usual five, "A Serious Man" may have a shot. Dave Karger of Entertainment Weekly thinks so: "The critical response has been phenomenal so far. But the film needs audience support as well to go the distance." Do you agree?
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