Barton Fink Reviews

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.
September 7, 2011
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.
October 18, 2008
Again the Coens take familiar movie tropes and twist them into something new. This may be their most haunting movie.
November 6, 2007
Scene after scene is filled with a ferocious strength and humor.
November 6, 2007
This creepy satire is full of laughs and flaky twists, but by the end you may still be scratching your head.
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.
May 20, 2003
It's an exhilarating original.
May 12, 2001
Partly hilarious, partly horrific, totally mesmerizing.
January 1, 2000
If Fink lacks cumulative punch, its fighting power is a technical knockout.
January 1, 2000
A triumph for the offbeat, grimly funny brothers, it reveals in its mythic fashion the vagaries of the creative process that plague every artist.
January 1, 2000
It's an assured piece of comic filmmaking.
January 1, 1991