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Fargo Reviews

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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 21, 2014
A small, supremely satisfying film. Heck and you betcha, it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 6, 2007
Fargo is a strikingly mature, uniqueentertainment that plays on many levels ... all satisfying.
January 26, 2006
The Coens remain effortlessly ahead of the American field.
January 18, 2002
Gunderson (Frances McDormand) [is] the most endearing, hilarious and wholly feminine heroine since Thelma or Louise.
February 14, 2001
Chief Gunderson was created by the Coens specifically for Frances McDormand ... and they've been rewarded by a brilliant and unblinking comic performance.
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
January 1, 2000
All attitude and low aptitude. Its function is to italicize the Coens' giddy contempt toward people who talk and think Minnesotan.
January 1, 2000
A crime gem that is darkly funny even when it's chilling -- and certain to become a classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2000
Uniquely fascinating.
January 1, 2000
Fargo has been hauntingly photographed by Roger Deakins with great, expressive use of white-outs that sometimes make the characters appear to be moving through a dream.
January 1, 2000
Kidnapping, larceny and murder have seldom been funnier than in Fargo.
January 1, 2000
Like every other critic I'm aware of, I loved this movie.
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
January 1, 2000
This mordant, macabre look at the American obsession with fast food, television and murder is icily funny.
January 1, 2000
A nifty bit of nastiness from two of our most dependably provocative filmmakers.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
The hot news about Joel and Ethan Coen is that they have made a tolerable film.
January 1, 2000
With Fargo, Joel and Ethan Coen return to the glory days of 1987 and Raising Arizona.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
Has a murder mystery, a heist gone wrong, tragedy, comedy, and well flushed out characters that are both simple and complex at the same time.
January 1, 2000
Works like a charm. A really weird charm, that is.
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.
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.
March 8, 1996
The joy of Fargo is that everything that goes wrong does so in a perfectly realized universe of icebound Minnesotan understatement, a landscape so muffled by snow and Scandinavian-bred, low-affect courtesy that even murderous passion comes out goofy.
Full Review | Original Score: A