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A Serious Man

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A Serious Man | A SERIOUS MAN Michael Stuhlbarg experiences great suffering, '60s-style
Wilson Webb

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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