• Fargo
    1 minutes 31 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008


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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 | Original Score: 2/4

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.

| Original Score: 2/5

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
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
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
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
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee

Funny without really trying to be, and it proves conclusively that fact is stranger than fiction.

Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee

January 1, 2000
Christopher Null

One of those rare pictures about which I have nothing negative to say.

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

January 1, 2000
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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The Coens remain effortlessly ahead of the American field.

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide

Finally, [the Coens] have given us characters we can care for, a story that keeps us wondering, hoping and guessing, as well as the distinctive visual style that marks all Coen productions.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 90/100

January 1, 2000
Rob Blackwelder

With the subtle, homespun and ironic performances of Macy and Frances McDormand ... the film becomes a darkly laughable tale of small town normality going awry.

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

January 1, 2000
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...one of the most hilariously twisted murder mysteries to come along since, well, since never.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 8/10

January 1, 2000
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