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Nick Rogers
February 1, 2014
Few of the Coen Brothers' films spike the vein of pure pleasure as easily. It's an irresistibly loquacious, unpredictably riotous comedy that dares you to keep up with its daffiness and doesn't give a damn whether you get left behind.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Emanuel Levy
August 4, 2010
A pastiche of a movie that lacks distinct identity and authenticity, made up of borrowed parts from scrwball comedies Frank Capra, Howard Hawks, and Preston Sturges.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
November 6, 2007
A visually arresting but emotionally uninvolving dark comedy.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
November 6, 2007
A jeering, dreamlike comedy with nothing much on its mind except how neat the Coen brothers are and how stupid or contemptible everybody else is, including everyone in the audience.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
November 6, 2007
An impressive technical achievement--the period New York sets are to die for -- and its version of the invention of the hula-hoop is a comic highlight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Todd McCarthy
November 6, 2007
Nearly everything in the Coen brothers' latest and biggest film seems like a wizardly but artificial synthesis, leaving a hole in the middle where some emotion and humanity should be.
Steve Crum
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
November 30, 2006
Bizarre, yet typical Coen comedy. Very dark and cartoonish.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
A minor work, but confirmation of the Coens' position among America's most ambitious, able and exciting film-makers.
Scott Weinberg
April 3, 2005
Criminally overlooked and sinfully wonderful Coen brothers comedy. Jennifer Jason Leigh is just flawless here.
| Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
January 15, 2005
[The Coens'] inventive style and the over-the-top performances from Robbins and Newman make this a feast for the eyes and a barrel of laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
July 21, 2004
Stinging Coen brothers satire.
| Original Score: 4/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
August 16, 2003
A rare Coen Bros. misfire, never quite as nostalgic or clever as the dialogue or art direction imply.
| Original Score: 2/5
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
July 16, 2003
Better than you've heard.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Caryn James
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Movies are, after all, about fakery; so is the story of Norville's rise and fall and redemption.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Marc Vincenti
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
The style is wondrous, but the movie is about its style and nothing else.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Another Coen knockout.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 22, 2002
Not the Coens' best, but better than casually assumed
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeremy Heilman
March 5, 2002
This film seems to be the key to understanding the Coen's work as a whole.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Christopher Null
January 1, 2000
Uber-quirky but strangely satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
This wild-eyed, sentimental, old-fashioned comedy is definitely parked in Frank Capra-Preston Sturges-Howard Hawks territory, but it is also imbued throughout with the Coens' own brand of genre-tweaking and sly, winking humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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