YMMV / O Brother, Where Art Thou?

  • Awesome Music: Man of Constant Sorrow
    • Many people felt that the whole soundtrack was better than the movie. Even people who thought the movie was very, very good. Not only did the soundtrack album have sequels of its own, but it also won Album of the Year at the 2002 Grammys.
    • And the a capella singing of "Down To The River" deserves special mention for its INCREDIBLE harmonies. That many people singing together, all with amazing voices, is enough to give you goosebumps.
    • Also the a cappella singing of American folk song “O Death” by Ralph Stanley. The soundtrack producer T-Bone Burnett originally wanted it sung traditionally, till Stanley asked to let him sing it how he wanted to, at which point Stanley put down his banjo and just sang, after about two or three verses Burnett just said “that’s it”. It also won Stanley the Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance in 2002.
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
    • Everett's daughters telling him repeatedly, directly to his face, that he died from being hit by a train.
    • "Oh George, not the livestock!"
    • The Ku Klux Klan scene, wherein we learn that Homer Stokes is actually an Imperial Wizard. And so is his little person!
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Wayne Duvall, who plays Homer Stokes—the Ku Klux Klan's Imperial Wizard—would later go on to play Senator Benjamin Wade, a radical abolitionist and civil rights activist, in Lincoln.
  • Jerkass Woobie: George Nelson is presented this way; a lonely man with poor impulse control and a desperate desire for attention and fame, which all drives him to commit crimes. He may also have some bipolar tendencies.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Pappy O'Daniel taking advantage of the protagonists' band to rebuild his political career.
  • Tear Jerker: Tommy's reaction as he's about to be lynched. He believes it's the Devil's way of collecting on his debt, but at same time he doesn't understand why the Klansmen are dragging him to his death when he hadn't done anything to cross them other than not be their favorite color:
    "I ain't never harmed you gentlemen before... I ain't never harmed nobody!"
  • Vindicated by History: It's kind of in the process of this currently. Some Coen Brothers fans still give this a mixed review, while more and more are starting to see it as a masterpiece. There is a growing base that calls it the Coens' finest film.
  • Why Would Anyone Take Her Back?: Penny is a shrill, demanding harpy who lies to her daughters about their father right in front of him, shows him no loyalty or affection throughout the entire movie, and refuses to remarry him unless he retrieves her old wedding ring in the cabin that is now underwater. Not that Everett is exactly an upstanding citizen himself, but he must really love his daughters if he's willing to put up with that.