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Fargo Reviews

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
Whether these characters are lovable or detestable, they're lovable or detestable in a TV way -- defined by a minimal set of traits that are endlessly reiterated and incapable of expansion or alteration, a fixed loop.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
January 1, 2000
All attitude and low aptitude. Its function is to italicize the Coens' giddy contempt toward people who talk and think Minnesotan.
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
January 1, 2000
If Fargo could make up its mind what kind of movie it wanted to be, it might find meaning in its tangle of surface caricatures and impeccable technical stylistics.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Laura Miller
January 1, 2000
The danger in portraying characters you consider significantly less interesting than yourself is that too much superiority and not enough affection can lead to a fatal snottiness.
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Dave Kehr
New York Daily News
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
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.
Tom Gliatto
People Magazine
April 21, 2014
The Coen brothers, director Ethan and producer-cowriter Joel, have finally latched onto a story strong enough to carry their eccentric mix of black humor and self-conscious style.
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Chris Packham
Village Voice
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.
Glenn Dunks
April 29, 2014
Deceptive in its storytelling choices, economical with its plotting, and sly with its dialogue, this Oscar winner is truly incredible.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
May 21, 2009
Do you have to be a Minnesotan to really get Fargo?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Kate Muir
Times (UK)
March 10, 2016
Two words. Marge Gunderson.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
To watch it is to experience steadily mounting delight, as you realize the filmmakers have taken enormous risks, gotten away with them and made a movie that is completely original, and as familiar as an old shoe.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
It's easy to admire what the Coens are trying to do in Fargo, but more difficult to actually like the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Alan Jones
Radio Times
April 21, 2014
The result is a modern masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Robert Levin
Film School Rejects
December 2, 2009
The most complete film the Coens have ever made, it's nothing short of a movie for the ages.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun
April 21, 2014
It's a miracle: A tough, honest, bloody film set so far from the bright lights it feels as if it's on a different planet, yet knowable and absolutely compelling from start to finish. Fargo is great American movie-making.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
Even a lunch pulled from a buffet adds texture to the film.
Full Review | Original Score: high +2 out of -4..+4
Rob Gonsalves
February 3, 2008
The best movie heroine in years.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Cole Smithey
January 17, 2010
"Fargo" is the kind of black comedy you can rediscover over and over again. The laughs and shocks never fade.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media
December 18, 2010
Dark, gritty, and brilliant. Not for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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