Fargo Reviews

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March 20, 2018
The Coen Brothers are among the most able practitioners in America and this film is one of their best attempts to turn a familiar genre -- the True Crime drama -- into something miles away from the ordinary.
March 19, 2018
[Frances] McDormand is excellent and has a lot of fun with her tenacious and competent character, who is dedicated to duty and her sweet, supportive husband.
March 10, 2016
Two words. Marge Gunderson.
January 19, 2016
The film is a work of brick-by-brick world-building in the service of characters whose ordinariness is just as carefully crafted.
April 21, 2014
Fargo, with its grotesque murders and cheery detectives, is a cold gem that takes us to the far north. Its seemingly pitiless light opens up the realms of darkness concealed beneath that world of white.
April 21, 2014
A small, supremely satisfying film. Heck and you betcha, it is.
May 30, 2019
This curiously overpraised yet solid effort by two of the foremost satirists of contemporary Americana again finds director Joel and writer-producer Ethan surveying the wreckage of our national innocence.
March 5, 2018
Fargo is the best movie ever made in Minnesota. Also the meanest.
November 15, 2017
In effect, the Coens have written an action film that disregards the basic principle of the genre: that character is expressed in action.
April 9, 2016
Not only did the Coens return from the brink, but they gave us one of the most memorable (if not the most memorable) characters in modern cinema.
April 29, 2014
Deceptive in its storytelling choices, economical with its plotting, and sly with its dialogue, this Oscar winner is truly incredible.
April 21, 2014
Returning to the horror-comic vein that launched their careers, director Joel Coen and producer Ethan Coen pepper their new picture with so much humor that the occasional bursts of sheer mayhem seem more ridiculous than revolting.
April 21, 2014
A few scenes go around in circles, as if snow-blind, and the humor may be too inward and contorted for some tastes. But McDormand brings order to the weirdness and warms it up.
April 21, 2014
It's another daring black comedy by one of the most consistently inventive moviemaking teams of the last decade, brothers Joel and Ethan Coen.
April 21, 2014
You have to grant the Coens their due as creators of suspense, mood and plotting, and for their ability to color the most monstrous crimes with an undeniably funny sense of the absurd.
April 21, 2014
From the camera angles to the set design, everything is calculated to make the viewer feel superior to the cloddish, geeky characters on display.
April 21, 2014
McDormand is brilliant, Macy terrific, Presnell perfect, Buscemi fabulous. And Stormare is fascinating as one of the deadliest and most horrid big-screen killers in recent memory. Fargo is a down-and-dirty doozy.
April 21, 2014
The result is a modern masterpiece.
April 21, 2014
Fargo stands out as the Coen brothers' warmest, most accessible offering to date -- despite its frosty Minnesota setting.
April 21, 2014
In the fascinating Fargo, writer-director Joel and writer-producer Ethan have come up with a film that is either an oddly funny crime drama or an ultra-deadpan comedy, depending on how you look at it.
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