Barton Fink (1991)

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Critic Consensus: Twisty and unsettling, the Coen brothers' satirical tale of a 1940s playwright struggling with writer's block is packed with their trademark sense of humor and terrific performances from its cast.


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The title character, played by John Turturro, is a Broadway playwright, based on Clifford Odets, lured to Hollywood with the promise of untold riches by a boorish studio chieftain (played by Michael Lerner as a combination of Louis B. Mayer and Harry Cohn). Despising the film capital and everything it stands for, Barton Fink comes down with an acute case of writer's block. He is looked after by a secretary (Judy Davis) who has been acting as a ghost writer for an alcoholic screenwriter (John … More

Rating: R (for language and some scenes of violence.)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 20, 2003
Runtime:
20th Century Fox

Cast


as Barton Fink

as Charlie Meadows

as Audrey

as Lipnick

as Mayhew

as Geisler

as Garland Stanford

as Detective Mastrionot...

as Detective Deutsch

as Derek

as Poppy Carnahan

as Richard St. Claire

as Stagehand

as Clapper Boy

as Wrestler

as Geisler's Secretary

as Voice of Stage Actre...

as Page Calling for Bar...

as Pippy Carnahan
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Critic Reviews for Barton Fink

All Critics (54) | Top Critics (13)

It's at its best when young Barton Fink simply stares at a picture of a bathing beauty contemplating the ocean -- a Hollywood dream.

Full Review… | January 16, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Gnomic, claustrophobic, hallucinatory, just plain weird, it is the kind of movie critics can soak up thousands of words analyzing and cinephiles can soak up at least three espressos arguing their way through.

Full Review… | October 13, 2009
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Again the Coens take familiar movie tropes and twist them into something new. This may be their most haunting movie.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Newsweek
Top Critic

Scene after scene is filled with a ferocious strength and humor.

Full Review… | November 6, 2007
Variety
Top Critic

This creepy satire is full of laughs and flaky twists, but by the end you may still be scratching your head.

Full Review… | November 6, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Somehow everything coheres, thanks to the Coens' superb writing and assured direction, and a roster of marvellous performances. The result works on numerous levels, thrilling the mind, ears and eyes, and racking the nerves.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Barton Fink

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Directors Cat

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½

An always smart and intriguing film that combines acid criticism (especially of Hollywood) and a surreal feel of nightmare the way the Coen brothers do best, with a cynical, sophisticated sense of humor, priceless dialogue and a delicious gallery of fascinating characters.

blacksheepboy
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Barton Fink is a great film directed by the Coen Brothers, and it tells a really compelling story based on a smartly, well written screenplay that only the Coen Brothers could write. Each of their films are unique in their own way and this is very much the case with this impressive movie. A talented Playwright goes to Hollywood to start work on his first screenplay, and he discovers that Hollywood is much harder than what he thought it was going to be. The portrayal of Barton Fink is immaculate in the hands of actor John Torturro, who has done some impressive work with the Coens since. With this film, he really displays the talent that he uses to great advantage, and you are simply captivated by his performance. This is a superb drama film that is among their best piece of work. With a brilliant cast at their disposal, and a well written script, Barton Fink is a must watch for viewers that enjoy a compelling dramatic work. Barton Fink isn't a perfect film, but nonetheless it is a fine example of why the Coen Brothers are terrific filmmakers who can tell an engaging story. Barton Fink is a well crafted picture that showcases great talent on-screen and it is a film that stands out among the Coen Brothers strongest efforts. That is a strong statement, because each of their efforts are well executed, well thought out storylines and effective performances that really make their work stand out among other directors. I really enjoyed the film, and thought that the cast and story were quite wonderful, and it could have been better in some areas, but overall this is yet another solid piece of cinema from two directors who know how to spin a terrific yarn.

TheDudeLebowski65
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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