The Hudsucker Proxy Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Not even the slightest attempt is made to suggest that the film takes its own story seriously. Everything is style. The performances seem deliberately angled as satire.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
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.
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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.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 9, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
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
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
If something brilliant is happening in The Hudsucker Proxy -- and you're meant to believe that it is -- it's apparent only to Ethan and Joel Coen.
Jordan Hiller
Bangitout.com
July 29, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
February 21, 2007
| Original Score: 2/5
Michelle Alexandria
Eclipse Magazine
February 11, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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
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Joe Brown
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Clever but cold, a heartless mechanical gizmo.
Greg Muskewitz
eFilmCritic.com
January 1, 2000
Production design outdoes unfulfilling story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
It's a fairy tale without any lessons, a satire without any targets.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
November 6, 2007
A visually arresting but emotionally uninvolving dark comedy.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
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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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 1994
Full Review | Original Score: C
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
A wickedly funny and incisive lampoon of big business.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
July 21, 2004
Stinging Coen brothers satire.
| Original Score: 4/5
James Rocchi
Netflix
November 7, 2002
Another Coen knockout.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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