Hail, Caesar! Reviews

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January 13, 2020
Too often it comes off as empty riffing. The Coen's clockwork timing seems broken.
April 15, 2019
In the end, it was a mixed bag attempt at satire, not the great spoof I was hoping for. Still, some definite laughs, so not a total loss.
February 5, 2019
The film is broken down into individual bits that aren't cohesive and don't combine to create a story that flows.
October 24, 2017
My goodness, this is tedious stuff -- smug, long-winded and, above all, wretchedly unfunny... which in a would-be comedy isn't just unfortunate but pretty much disastrous.
August 28, 2017
Creators Joel and Ethan Coen clearly love this distinct era in Hollywood history. What Hail, Caesar! fails to do is say anything meaningful about it.
August 16, 2017
The damn film stinks like week-old fish, but that is certainly not its worst crime.
June 20, 2017
Back in 1991, the Coens took dead aim at Hollywood in the early '40s and hit every target right through the heart. The movie was Barton Fink and that's the one you should seek out.
December 19, 2016
Hail, Caesar! is finally all too effortful, a doodle undertaken by scholars.
August 31, 2016
I enjoyed their films. Particularly the early, good ones.
May 20, 2016
Hail, Caesar! ranks in the Coens' filmography somewhere above The Ladykillers but below Intolerable Cruelty, which is to say it has its moments, but not nearly enough of them.
April 3, 2016
The ever-streaky Joel and Ethan Cohen commit a cinematic blunder with a would-be screwball comedy that has all the laughs you can count on one hand.
March 7, 2016
It goes on for ever and is like watching paint dry.
March 4, 2016
As Caesar probably never said: I came, I saw, I slept.
March 2, 2016
For all its outward glitz and lush "prestige" presentation, Hail, Caesar! is curiously empty, narratively and ideologically. It's also frequently and deadeningly dumb.
March 1, 2016
...just another promising yet underwhelming effort from the Coen siblings...
February 16, 2016
A frothy, silly concoction that curdles into a sagging soufflé long before its time is up.
February 12, 2016
Fresh and bubbling with personality in places, but lacking that final piece that will bring the picture together.
February 12, 2016
It's not as clever as either the exceptional [Inside Llewyn Davis] or the very good [A Serious Man].
February 10, 2016
For all its "Hooray for Hollywood" sparkle and highly welcome down-with-Hollywood bile, this dream machine blows its gaskets with too many flat non-scenes, stale jokes and pointless cameos.
February 10, 2016
The Coens clearly have something to say about Hollywood's irresolvable dedication to art and commerce, but the uneven, shaggy-dog nature of the film's scattershot comedy buries most of it.
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