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Fargo Reviews

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
April 21, 2014
Fargo, with its grotesque murders and cheery detectives, is a cold gem that takes us to the far north. Its seemingly pitiless light opens up the realms of darkness concealed beneath that world of white.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 21, 2014
A small, supremely satisfying film. Heck and you betcha, it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
April 21, 2014
A few scenes go around in circles, as if snow-blind, and the humor may be too inward and contorted for some tastes. But McDormand brings order to the weirdness and warms it up.
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
April 21, 2014
It's another daring black comedy by one of the most consistently inventive moviemaking teams of the last decade, brothers Joel and Ethan Coen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Dave Kehr
New York Daily News
April 21, 2014
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
April 21, 2014
In the fascinating Fargo, writer-director Joel and writer-producer Ethan have come up with a film that is either an oddly funny crime drama or an ultra-deadpan comedy, depending on how you look at it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Leonard Klady
Variety
November 6, 2007
Fargo is a strikingly mature, uniqueentertainment that plays on many levels ... all satisfying.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
The Coens remain effortlessly ahead of the American field.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 18, 2002
Gunderson (Frances McDormand) [is] the most endearing, hilarious and wholly feminine heroine since Thelma or Louise.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
Chief Gunderson was created by the Coens specifically for Frances McDormand ... and they've been rewarded by a brilliant and unblinking comic performance.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
It's easy to admire what the Coens are trying to do in Fargo, but more difficult to actually like the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
January 1, 2000
All attitude and low aptitude. Its function is to italicize the Coens' giddy contempt toward people who talk and think Minnesotan.
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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
A crime gem that is darkly funny even when it's chilling -- and certain to become a classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Keith Simanton
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Uniquely fascinating.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Fargo has been hauntingly photographed by Roger Deakins with great, expressive use of white-outs that sometimes make the characters appear to be moving through a dream.
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Louis B. Parks
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Kidnapping, larceny and murder have seldom been funnier than in Fargo.
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Bruce Reid
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Like every other critic I'm aware of, I loved this movie.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: 4/4
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Paula Nechak
Film.com
January 1, 2000
This mordant, macabre look at the American obsession with fast food, television and murder is icily funny.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
A nifty bit of nastiness from two of our most dependably provocative filmmakers.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
January 1, 2000
The hot news about Joel and Ethan Coen is that they have made a tolerable film.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
With Fargo, Joel and Ethan Coen return to the glory days of 1987 and Raising Arizona.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Shannon Gee
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Has a murder mystery, a heist gone wrong, tragedy, comedy, and well flushed out characters that are both simple and complex at the same time.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Works like a charm. A really weird charm, that is.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
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.
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Laura Miller
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
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.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
March 8, 1996
The joy of Fargo is that everything that goes wrong does so in a perfectly realized universe of icebound Minnesotan understatement, a landscape so muffled by snow and Scandinavian-bred, low-affect courtesy that even murderous passion comes out goofy.
Full Review | Original Score: A