Hail, Caesar! Reviews

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February 4, 2016
There are the serious Coen brothers movies, like "No Country for Old Men" and, um, "A Serious Man," and there are the not-so-serious ones. "Hail, Caesar!" is the opposite of their serious ones, and it is delightful.
February 4, 2016
The Coens have replaced the acid in their pens with honey, for now at least, and the result is an affectionate comedy that is also one of their most satisfying achievements.
February 4, 2016
If this were anyone other than the Coens you might think that success and a couple of Oscars had mellowed them. Not likely. "Hail, Caesar!" is one of those diversions that they turn out in between masterworks and duds.
February 4, 2016
Stacked with an all-star cast led by George Clooney, Josh Brolin and Scarlett Johansson, and packed with 1950s details about how the Hollywood studio system operated in all its self-indulgent glory in that era, Hail, Caesar! is a sly satire.
February 4, 2016
Hail, Caesar! is a playful romp through Hollywood's golden studio age when egos and cigars were vast and backlots were filled with divas, communists and salacious gossip.
Top Critic
February 4, 2016
In the dailies of Hail, Caesar!'s fictional Hail, Caesar!, a title card reads, "Divine presence to be shot." To the Coens, is that a promise or a threat?
February 4, 2016
This is one of my favorite movies ever made about making movies.
February 4, 2016
Hollywood craziness would seem to be ideal grist for the Coen Brothers' absurdist mill. Unfortunately, "Hail, Caesar!" comes across as far less than the sum of its parts.
February 4, 2016
A wild whoosh of Coen brothers wizardry that left me laughing helplessly and filled with spiritual dread. That's the Coens for you. They're indispensable.
February 4, 2016
It's difficult to remember a recent movie so tartly on-point in skewering a power-driven industry obsessed with such seemingly meaningless ephemera as screen-credit and commissary pecking orders.
February 4, 2016
If the Coen brothers' dramas are cautionary tales, their comedies are veritable how-to guides for people who can't help but enjoy a mirthless chuckle at the humility of human existence. Yeah, the joke is on us, but that doesn't mean it isn't funny.
February 4, 2016
"Hail, Caesar!" isn't the first time brothers Joel and Ethan Coen have made a dud comedy. But they've never made one that was this half-baked and lazy.
February 4, 2016
The tone of "Hail, Caesar!" is even and assured, yet the comic inspiration is sporadic. Something's missing; the momentum sputters ...
February 4, 2016
Underneath the laff-riot and the Hollywood satire, "Hail, Caesar!" is a curiously delicate film built on profound affection for American movies and the illusions they build ...
February 4, 2016
"Hail, Caesar!" is a flimsy construction that depends on a zany spirit and the charm of individual scenes to hold it together. There are times when this begins to feel like a dubious strategy, but each time the movie rights itself.
February 4, 2016
Hail, Caesar! doesn't completely hang together. But Johansson in a mermaid's tail? Really, why else make movies-or go to them?
February 4, 2016
Somewhere in there are stretches of the Coens' funniest comedy since The Big Lebowski; it just takes a little patience.
February 4, 2016
Hail Caesar! is pure Coenism, for better or worse.
February 4, 2016
Tinseltown may not make 'em like they used to, but fortunately for 21st-century audiences, the Coen brothers can still make an audience believe.
February 4, 2016
A goofy conflation of Coenian elements: the numbskull huggermugger of The Big Lebowski, the La La Land surrealness of Barton Fink, the Old Testament overlay of A Serious Man.
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