Barton Fink Reviews

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
January 16, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 4, 2011
Goes off the deep end.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Kelly Kessler
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Bizarre Hollywood dream factory. Teens only.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
November 15, 2009
Resembles not the artist's churning mind but the filmmakers' conjoined colon
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
October 13, 2009
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.
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David Ansen
Newsweek
October 18, 2008
Again the Coens take familiar movie tropes and twist them into something new. This may be their most haunting movie.
Clint Morris
Moviehole
April 19, 2008
Does cinema get any better than this?
| Original Score: 3/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
November 6, 2007
The film's period decor, mood lighting and artful camerawork are beautiful, at times thrilling, to look at.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Variety Staff
Variety
November 6, 2007
Scene after scene is filled with a ferocious strength and humor.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
November 6, 2007
This creepy satire is full of laughs and flaky twists, but by the end you may still be scratching your head.
Steve Crum
Video-Reviewmaster.com
November 4, 2007
Fascinating tale by the Coen brothers, among their best, with standout work by leads Turturro and Goodman.
| Original Score: 5/5
JoBlo
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
August 25, 2006
Someone pleaaaaase explain this movie to me!
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
February 9, 2006
The worst of the Coens' genre-ransacking; mean and self-congratulatory.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
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.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 3, 2005
Written during their own creative block, Joel and Ethan Coen's noirish satirical allegory decodes the myth of the "sensitive" artist, the mysteries of the creative process, and the ambiguities of Hollywood authorship.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
January 15, 2005
... a courageous and horrific glimpse through the ego and courage of the human spirit into the emptiness of even the kindest human being's heart.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
November 11, 2004
Another great turn by the Coen brothers, with regulars Turturro and Goodman at their best.
| Original Score: 4/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
October 7, 2004
A look at old Hollywood that's not just weird, but truly unsettling.
| Original Score: 5/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
April 1, 2004
The Coens' unsettling evocation of isolation and madness is vividly realized; their ultimate meaning is insanely obscure.
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
January 27, 2004
Nothing turns out as it seems, and the surreal finale to the film elevate the movie to being one of the Coens' best.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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