Underrated Coen Brothers Films
A Serious Man: While not underrated critically, I think this one flew under the radar or over the head of a lot people. It’s an unconventional film with no recognizable actors and a strange, ambiguous ending. It’s also brilliant and features some of their most virtuosic filmmaking.
Burn After Reading: This came out right after No Country for Old Men and I think the shift in style was too much for a lot of people. They went from violent, ponderous western-noir to goofy screwball comedy. So, I think the sequencing colored people’s views of this film, but it’s a pretty fun comedy. They’ve always had a fondness for the screwball comedies of Preston Sturges, but where in the past they’ve failed by mimicking the style too closely (see: Intolerable Cruelty), in this one they’ve made it their own.