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.
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
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
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.
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.
April 21, 2003
January 18, 2002
Gunderson (Frances McDormand) [is] the most endearing, hilarious and wholly feminine heroine since Thelma or Louise.
April 17, 2001
The beauty of the film is in the subtle detail of the dialogue and performances which continue to enchant on repeat viewings.
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
Kidnapping, larceny and murder have seldom been funnier than in Fargo.
January 1, 2000
With Fargo, Joel and Ethan Coen return to the glory days of 1987 and Raising Arizona.
January 1, 2000
Uniquely fascinating.
January 1, 2000
A nifty bit of nastiness from two of our most dependably provocative filmmakers.
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