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Barton Fink Reviews

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Top Critic
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
January 16, 2013
It's at its best when young Barton Fink simply stares at a picture of a bathing beauty contemplating the ocean -- a Hollywood dream.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 4, 2011
Goes off the deep end.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Kelly Kessler
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Bizarre Hollywood dream factory. Teens only.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
October 13, 2009
Gnomic, claustrophobic, hallucinatory, just plain weird, it is the kind of movie critics can soak up thousands of words analyzing and cinephiles can soak up at least three espressos arguing their way through.
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David Ansen
October 18, 2008
Again the Coens take familiar movie tropes and twist them into something new. This may be their most haunting movie.
Clint Morris
April 19, 2008
Does cinema get any better than this?
| Original Score: 3/5
Cole Smithey
February 23, 2008
| Original Score: 3/5

TV Guide
November 6, 2007
The film's period decor, mood lighting and artful camerawork are beautiful, at times thrilling, to look at.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Variety Staff
November 6, 2007
Scene after scene is filled with a ferocious strength and humor.
Steve Crum
November 4, 2007
Fascinating tale by the Coen brothers, among their best, with standout work by leads Turturro and Goodman.
| Original Score: 5/5
Boyd van Hoeij
June 10, 2006
| Original Score: 3/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Somehow everything coheres, thanks to the Coens' superb writing and assured direction, and a roster of marvellous performances. The result works on numerous levels, thrilling the mind, ears and eyes, and racking the nerves.
Emanuel Levy
July 3, 2005
Written during their own creative block, Joel and Ethan Coen's noirish satirical allegory decodes the myth of the "sensitive" artist, the mysteries of the creative process, and the ambiguities of Hollywood authorship.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
January 15, 2005
... a courageous and horrific glimpse through the ego and courage of the human spirit into the emptiness of even the kindest human being's heart.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
November 11, 2004
Another great turn by the Coen brothers, with regulars Turturro and Goodman at their best.
| Original Score: 4/5
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
November 2, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
October 7, 2004
A look at old Hollywood that's not just weird, but truly unsettling.
| Original Score: 5/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
April 1, 2004
The Coens' unsettling evocation of isolation and madness is vividly realized; their ultimate meaning is insanely obscure.
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
February 13, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
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