Wilson Webb
Chris Nashawaty
January 27, 2010 AT 05:00 AM EST

This Coen brothers fable about a Job-like schlemiel (Broadway vet Stuhlbarg) is said to be their most personal film, based on their Midwestern college professor dad. So why does A Serious Man feel so emotionally chilly and remote? The ’60s-era details are spot-on, but the rest falls flat. The standout on the slim EXTRAS is a Yiddish-to-English dictionary for goys. C+

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