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Fargo Reviews

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Whether these characters are lovable or detestable, they're lovable or detestable in a TV way -- defined by a minimal set of traits that are endlessly reiterated and incapable of expansion or alteration, a fixed loop.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 1, 2000
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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All attitude and low aptitude. Its function is to italicize the Coens' giddy contempt toward people who talk and think Minnesotan.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

January 1, 2000
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus

If Fargo could make up its mind what kind of movie it wanted to be, it might find meaning in its tangle of surface caricatures and impeccable technical stylistics.

Full Review Source: Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus | Original Score: C+

January 1, 2000
Laura Miller
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The danger in portraying characters you consider significantly less interesting than yourself is that too much superiority and not enough affection can lead to a fatal snottiness.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

January 1, 2000
Dave Kehr
New York Daily News
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From the camera angles to the set design, everything is calculated to make the viewer feel superior to the cloddish, geeky characters on display.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

April 21, 2014
Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

McDormand is brilliant, Macy terrific, Presnell perfect, Buscemi fabulous. And Stormare is fascinating as one of the deadliest and most horrid big-screen killers in recent memory. Fargo is a down-and-dirty doozy.

Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

April 21, 2014
Tom Gliatto
People Magazine

The Coen brothers, director Ethan and producer-cowriter Joel, have finally latched onto a story strong enough to carry their eccentric mix of black humor and self-conscious style.

Full Review Source: People Magazine

April 21, 2014
Glenn Dunks

Deceptive in its storytelling choices, economical with its plotting, and sly with its dialogue, this Oscar winner is truly incredible.

Full Review Source: Quickflix | Original Score: A

April 29, 2014
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine

Do you have to be a Minnesotan to really get Fargo?

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 4/4

May 21, 2009
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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To watch it is to experience steadily mounting delight, as you realize the filmmakers have taken enormous risks, gotten away with them and made a movie that is completely original, and as familiar as an old shoe.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
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It's easy to admire what the Coens are trying to do in Fargo, but more difficult to actually like the film.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Alan Jones
Radio Times

The result is a modern masterpiece.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 5/5

April 21, 2014
Robert Levin
Film School Rejects

The most complete film the Coens have ever made, it's nothing short of a movie for the ages.

Full Review Source: Film School Rejects | Original Score: 4/4

December 2, 2009
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun

It's a miracle: A tough, honest, bloody film set so far from the bright lights it feels as if it's on a different planet, yet knowable and absolutely compelling from start to finish. Fargo is great American movie-making.

Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun | Original Score: 4/4

April 21, 2014
Mark R. Leeper

Even a lunch pulled from a buffet adds texture to the film.

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: high +2 out of -4..+4

January 1, 2000
Rob Gonsalves

The best movie heroine in years.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 5/5

February 3, 2008
Cole Smithey

"Fargo" is the kind of black comedy you can rediscover over and over again. The laughs and shocks never fade.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: A

January 17, 2010
Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media

Dark, gritty, and brilliant. Not for kids.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 5/5

December 18, 2010
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

She's a sharp cookie.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 4/4

February 14, 2001
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

As is typical Coen Brothers entertainment. "Fargo" offers incredibly complex characterization along with very memorable dark comedy.

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

April 4, 2014
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