A Serious Man

Lists: Comedy, Drama, Dark comedy, Best Picture nominee 2000 to 2009

Brief Synopsis: "A Serious Man is the story of an ordinary man's search for clarity in a universe where Jefferson Airplane is on the radio and F-Troop is on TV. It is 1967, and Larry Gopnik, a physics professor at a quiet Midwestern university, has just been informed by his wife Judith that she is leaving him. She has fallen in love with one of his more pompous acquaintances Sy Ableman."

Overall Ranking: 896 (Rank from 2009: # 18)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 33.33%
Regular 66.67%
Half-Popped 0%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Reviewer Rating Review
Patrick Devitt100
David Baruffi97
Sean Kelly90(full review)
Gorgon Reviews80
Dan O'Neill75(full review)
Rob from GuysFilmQuest72
Jay of Life Vs Film70(full review)
Thomas Pollock70
Bryan Lienesch65 - For a movie so deeply embedded in Jewish social culture, the Coen brothers sure like the concepts of karma a lot more.

People Involved

  • Michael Stuhlbarg (Larry Gopnik)
  • Richard Kind (Uncle Arthur)
  • Fred Melamed (Sy Ableman)
  • Sari Lennick (Judith Gopnik)
  • Aaron Wolff (Danny Gopnik)
  • Jessica McManus (Sarah Gopnik)
  • Adam Arkin (Don Milgram)
  • George Wyner (Rabbi Nachter)
  • Peter Breitmayer (Mr. Brandt)
  • Brent Braunschweig (Mitch Brandt)
  • David Kang (Clive Park)
  • Benjamin Portnoe (Dannys Reefer Buddy)
  • Jon Kaminski Jr. (Mike Fagle)
  • Ari Hoptman (Arlen Finkle)
  • Alan Mandell (Rabbi Marshak)
  • Amy Landecker (Mrs. Samsky)
  • Ethan Coen (Director)