Fargo

Fargo

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

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Fargo Reviews

Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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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 Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 21, 2014
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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A small, supremely satisfying film. Heck and you betcha, it is.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 21, 2014
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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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.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

April 21, 2014
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
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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 Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

April 21, 2014
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
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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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 Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 4/5

April 21, 2014
Leonard Klady
Variety
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Fargo is a strikingly mature, uniqueentertainment that plays on many levels ... all satisfying.

Full Review Source: Variety

November 6, 2007
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
Rita Kempley
Washington Post
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Gunderson (Frances McDormand) [is] the most endearing, hilarious and wholly feminine heroine since Thelma or Louise.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 18, 2002
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Chief Gunderson was created by the Coens specifically for Frances McDormand ... and they've been rewarded by a brilliant and unblinking comic performance.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times

February 14, 2001
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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
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
Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
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A crime gem that is darkly funny even when it's chilling -- and certain to become a classic.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

January 1, 2000
Keith Simanton
Film.com
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Uniquely fascinating.

January 1, 2000
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Times

January 1, 2000
Louis B. Parks
Houston Chronicle
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Kidnapping, larceny and murder have seldom been funnier than in Fargo.

January 1, 2000
Bruce Reid
Film.com
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Like every other critic I'm aware of, I loved this movie.

January 1, 2000
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
Paula Nechak
Film.com
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This mordant, macabre look at the American obsession with fast food, television and murder is icily funny.

January 1, 2000
Mike Clark
USA Today
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A nifty bit of nastiness from two of our most dependably provocative filmmakers.

| Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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The hot news about Joel and Ethan Coen is that they have made a tolerable film.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

January 1, 2000
Susan Stark
Detroit News
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With Fargo, Joel and Ethan Coen return to the glory days of 1987 and Raising Arizona.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Shannon Gee
Film.com
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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.

January 1, 2000
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Works like a charm. A really weird charm, that is.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
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
Laura Miller
Salon.com
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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
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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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 Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A

March 8, 1996
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