1 star (out of 4)
Very very bad – and even worse because it was made by the Coen brothers, who know better.
All characters needn’t (shouldn’t) be likeable, but if they’re not likeable they’d damn well better be interesting. The bitches, half-wits, Peter Principle dolts and pedants played by George Clooney, Frances McDormand, Brad Pitt, John Malkovich, and Tilda Swinton are not just jerks – they’re boring jerks. (The exception that proves the rule is Richard Jenkins, who is excellent as a sad-sack health-club manager who secretly pines for McDormand’s Linda Litzke.) You want them all to lose.
Quick note: Just glanced at Pitt’s IMDB page, and the last project he was involved in that was truly exceptional was A River Runs Through It … in 1992. Who says looks aren’t everything?