The film is witty, smart, and excellently acted. Most of the cast are rather fresh-faced, including Tony Award nominee Michael Stuhlbarg as Gary, who certainly deserves an Oscar nomination for his role. The film will more then likely be receiving several other nominations as well, including one for Best Picture. Exploring questions of faith, family, delinquent behavior, morality, and Judaism, the film not only entertains but also makes you think.
It currently has an 85% on Rotten Tomatoes and has gotten great reviews from many top critics. Claudia Puig of USA Today called A Serious Man "a wonderfully odd, bleakly comic and thoroughly engrossing film" and Kenneth Turan of the LA Times commented that the Coens have made "their most personal, most intensely Jewish film, a pitch-perfect comedy of despair that, against some odds, turns out to be one of their most universal as well." I definitely agree with both critics, especially Turan. It is quite interesting that such a unique, quirky film can also be so universal.
This is truly an excellent film that I highly recommend!