Raising Arizona Reviews

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Pauline Kael
New Yorker
January 14, 2013
Raising Arizona is no big deal, but it has a rambunctious charm.
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
March 21, 2010
The immense joy of this is in the realization that, for all their precision, Joel and Ethan Coen are essentially comic barnstormers rather than frigid ironists
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
March 13, 2009
To their old fascination with Sunbelt pathology, to their side-winding Steadicam and pristine command of screen space, the Coens have added a robust humor, a plot that keeps outwitting expectations and a...dollop of sympathy for their forlorn kidnapers.

Film4
March 13, 2009
Sharp, inventive and hilarious, with a marvellous cast of Coen regulars.
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Pat Graham
Chicago Reader
November 6, 2007
The cartoon vision of southwestern tackiness doesn't cut very deep, but the mise-en-scene is packed with clever clutter.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
November 6, 2007
An entertaining, energetic, and stylish comedy about a simple but loving couple who long to be parents.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Variety Staff
Variety
November 6, 2007
While film is filled with many splendid touches and plenty of yocks, it often doesn't hold together as a coherent story.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
October 31, 2006
In a shrewdly calculated move to show their versatility, the Coens made this madcap comedy right after Blood Simple. If their debut was slow and spare, this one has breathneck pacing and hopping banter by terrific Holly Hunter and Nicolas Cage.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Starting from a point of delirious excess, the film leaps into dark and virtually uncharted territory to soar like a comet.
Clint Morris
Moviehole
March 10, 2005
This is one of the funniest things I've ever seen!
| Original Score: 3/5
Eric Meyerson
Filmcritic.com
January 15, 2005
Raising Arizona... is an explosively clever and riotously funny exploration of fertility, homemaking, and the working class in the prisons and trailer parks of the desert southwest.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Douglas Pratt
DVDLaser
October 14, 2004
The film is loaded with marvelous slapstick sequences and quirky character humor. While some viewers may find it too eccentric or too ready to make fun of blue collar America, most will find its comic surprises and unpredictable narrative to be most fulfi
| Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 27, 2004
A highly original and funny film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
June 18, 2004
Nic Cage may never be better.
| Original Score: 5/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
March 11, 2004
It's funny, but is it good? Like all the Coen brothers' work, it somehow lords itself over its audience.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Like Blood Simple, it's full of technical expertise but has no life of its own.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Mckay
eFilmCritic.com
March 20, 2003
Great early film from the Coen Brothers. Hilarious, and some of Cage's best material.
| Original Score: 4/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
December 4, 2002
The slapstick energy of a Road Runner cartoon, raised to the level of near-art.
| Original Score: 4/5
James Rocchi
Netflix
November 7, 2002
[T]his kidnapping farce from Joel and Ethan Coen is a deft nod to classic screwball comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
[W]hile this is one of their lesser films, it's still an amusing if uneven comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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