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The film began a limited release in the United States on October 2, 2009. It premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 12, 2009.
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|A Serious Man||October 2, 2009||$9,228,768||$22,201,566||$31,430,334||#3,818||Unknown||$7,000,000|
A Serious Man grossed $9,228,768 domestically, and $22,201,566 internationally, making for a worldwide gross of $31,430,334.
A Serious Man received mostly positive reviews from critics, and holds a 89% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 227 reviews, with an average rating of 7.94/10. The site s critical consensus reads, Blending dark humor with profoundly personal themes, the Coen brothers deliver what might be their most mature—if not their best—film to date. The film also holds a score of 82 out of 100 on Metacritic, based on 38 critics, indicating Universal acclaim .
Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times rated the film four out of four stars. His review highlighted the film s Yiddish folktale prologue, suggesting that though the Coens maintain it has no relation to the rest of the film, maybe because an ancestor invited a dybbuk (wandering soul) to cross his threshold, Larry is cursed. In an essay in Jung Journal: Culture and Psyche, Steve Zemmelman considers that the prologue may link to the Jefferson Airplane soundtrack motif, reflecting Larry s normal sense of order becoming increasingly disrupted. He writes, what can happen when the wheel falls off the cart , as Velvel says happened to him on the road that night, or when the truth is found to be lies , that lyric from Somebody to Love that serves as bookends for this film.
Claudia Puig of USA Today wrote, A Serious Man is a wonderfully odd, bleakly comic and thoroughly engrossing film. Underlying the grim humor are serious questions about faith, family, mortality and misfortune. Time magazine critic Richard Corliss called it disquieting and haunting .
Some critics commented on the link between the film and the Biblical Book of Job. K. L. Evans wrote, we identify it as a Job story because its central character is tormented by his failure to account for the miseries that befall him . In his essay Job of Suburbia? , David Tollerton wrote, the more substantial connection between A Serious Man and the Book of Job—the connection that reaches deeper—is their similarly absurd presentations of the human struggle with anguish and the divine. Slate magazine critic Juliet Lapidos considered that the folktale prologue may be an endorsement of the gumption of taking matters into her own hands .
The Wall Street Journal s Joe Morgenstern disliked what he saw as the film s misanthropy, saying that their caricatures range from dislikable through despicable, with not a smidgeon of humanity to redeem them. David Denby of The New Yorker enjoyed the film s look and feel, but found fault with the script and characterization: A Serious Man, like Burn After Reading, is in their bleak, black, belittling mode, and it s hell to sit through ... As a piece of movie-making craft, A Serious Man is fascinating; in every other way, it s intolerable. Zemmelman wrote that this kind of viewer response results from the film s lack of narrative resolution: The film is perplexing and the dialogue reminds the viewer repeatedly that we are in an encounter with the ever-conflictual and the infinitely mysterious.
Todd McCarthy said, A Serious Man is the kind of picture you get to make after you ve won an Oscar. Awarding the film five stars in The Guardian, Peter Bradshaw said, this strange and wonderful film is rounded off with a gloriously well-crafted apocalyptic vision and a chilling intimation of divine retribution for earthly wrongdoing. The Coens have finished the noughties as America s preeminent filmmakers .
A Serious Man was later voted the 82nd greatest film since 2000 in a BBC international critics poll.
A Serious Man received numerous awards and nominations, mostly within for Best Picture, Screenplay, Cast, and Cinematography. Joel and Ethan Coen were awarded Best Original Screenplay at the 2009 National Board of Review Awards and the 2010 National Society of Film Critics Awards. The screenplay was also nominated for Best Original Screenplay at the 2010 Academy Awards. Other nominations for Best Original Screenplay include acknowledgment from the Writers Guild of America Awards, BAFTA, the Broadcast Film Critics Association s 15th Annual Critic s Choice Awards and the 2010 Boston Society of Film Critics.
The film was also nominated for Best Picture at the 82nd Academy Awards; BBC News called it one of the less talked about nominees . Other nominations for Best Picture include the Broadcast Film Critics Association s 15th Annual Critics Choice Awards, Boston Society of Film Critics and the Chicago Film Critics Association. The National Board of Review of Motion Pictures, the American Film Institute, the Satellite Awards, and the Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards all listed the film as one of the ten best of 2009.
Stuhlbarg was awarded the Chaplin Virtuoso Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and nominated for Best Actor at the 2010 Golden Globe Awards. Stuhlbarg, Kind, Melamed and Lennick were nominated for a Gotham Award for Best Performance by an Ensemble Cast. Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, casting directors Ellen Chenoweth and Rachel Tenner, and actors Kind, Lennick, Melamed, Stuhlbarg, Wolff and McManus were awarded the 2010 Robert Altman Award by Film Independent for Excellence in Collaborative Cinematic Achievement by Directors, Casting Directors alongside an Ensemble Cast and Best Cinematography at the 2010 Independent Spirit Awards.
Roger Deakins received the Best Cinematography awards at both the 2009 Hollywood Awards and the 2009 San Francisco Film Critics Circle Awards, along with the Nikola Tesla Award at the 2009 14th Satellite Awards.
Nominated for 2 Oscars, 17 wins & 80 nominations total
Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Michael Stuhlbarg, Richard Kind, Sari Lennick
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Kati Batchelder, Debbie DeLisi, Aaron Greenwood, Sondra James, Kelly C. McMahon, Amelia Rasche McCarthy, Sonja Thorson, Daniel Cummings, Ted Eschweiler, Todd B. Johnson, Punnavith Koy, Jennifer A. Wright, Zoe Zeppa
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Tyson Bidner, Chris Cloud, Kat Donahue, Mark Har, Anne Healy, Kai Miller, Ben Wood
Carter Burwell, Michael Farrow, Tony Finno, Todd Kasow, Sandra Park, Dean Parker, Chris Robertson
Carolyn J. Anderson, Curtis Wade Anderson, Richard Anderson, Michael Arnold, Michael Bakri, Mike Bearer, Jon Bjornson, Denny Braun, Guy Eckert, Andrew Garski, William Gillespie, Timothy S. Kennedy, Steve Kenney, Frank Ketchum, Anthony P. Kettner, Eugene Kirsch, Scott Lecy, George Lundquist, James A. Mahathey, Jean-Pierre Molina, Gary Olander, Byron Roland, Rajiv Sarin, Leonard Schneider, Marc Scott, Ernest Simon, Leo Skudlarek, Greg Viglione, Jon Westerlund, Fred Whipple, Mike Bronge
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Bill Hudson, Eric Karpeles, Suzanne Lindbergh, Steven Lubensky, Mike Sell, Don Smith, Bill Thompson, Lucinda Winter, Michael Wong, Beverly Wood
Focus Features, StudioCanal, Relativity Media
UK, France, USA
English, Yiddish, Hebrew
A Serious Man is a 2009 black comedy-drama film written, produced, edited and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. Set in 1967, the film stars Michael Stuhlbarg as a Minnesota Jewish man whose life crumbles both professionally and personally, leading him to questions about his faith.
A Serious Man received widespread positive critical response, including a place on both the American Film Institute s and National Board of Review of Motion Pictures s Top 10 Film Lists of 2009. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture, and Stuhlbarg was nominated for a Golden Globe Award.