Hail, Caesar! Reviews

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March 14, 2018
The Coens' Hollywood is an empire, where fraud is cheerful, natural, invisible - where people can live as they want to, so long as they don't trouble the system that keeps them employed. Everything goes fine there until the Commies show up.
March 3, 2016
It's not encumbered with significance, but richly affectionate and very entertaining. Hail, Caesar! is something to be greeted as a gorgeous exercise in style.
February 23, 2016
Hail, Caesar! is that rare beast: a feel-good Coen brothers film. It feels very good indeed.
February 22, 2016
Every new scene is a surprising delight in what, at the time, appearing as a sunny, screwball satire pinpointing the moment where the Hollywood production line was starting to clank and creak.
February 18, 2016
Their latest, Hail, Caesar!, is their giddiest comedy to date, but it's also hit-and-miss within itself.
February 12, 2016
The Coen brothers' new comedy isn't quite an homage to 1950s Hollywood, but it's not a spoof of it either -- it strikes that tone of crisp drollness that's their specialty and that some people misread as aloofness or contempt. But it's not.
February 11, 2016
This is fairly amusing if you can get past the Coens' erasure of the anticommunist witch hunts, which destroyed hundreds of lives.
February 11, 2016
An unexpectedly sweet and utterly satisfying confection, a loving sendup of the Hollywood of yesteryear.
February 7, 2016
Hail, Caesar! is a hoot, the Coen Brothers in their most PG Wodehouse mode.
February 6, 2016
Not one of the Coens' major works, but it's a very enjoyable lark, especially for fans of old Hollywood.
February 5, 2016
The more 1950s movies a person has seen and the greater their love for Hollywood of 60+ years ago, the greater their appreciation will be of what Joel and Ethan have brought to the screen.
February 5, 2016
The film is often​ sharp and amusing, but it's a doodle in the Coen canon.
February 5, 2016
"Hail, Caesar!" obeys the first commandment of filmmaking, attributed to the old master Billy Wilder: Thou shalt not bore.
February 5, 2016
Remember movies? The Coen brothers do. Westerns, romances, musicals, dance extravaganzas - the works. (All of which are on gorgeous, indulgent display here.)
February 5, 2016
Hail, Caesar! might play better on the small screen, where you can savor its fodder piece by piece.
February 5, 2016
There are an awful lot of subplots and comic characters but none of the actors in this star-studded cast is allowed to build his laughs and the Coens just abandon several of these vivid personalities along the way.
February 4, 2016
It's something like a summation of Joel and Ethan Coen's films: Meaning is a missing frame, human folly is the star and only the dialogue is divine.
February 4, 2016
A hipster mash note to the way things used to be, it will put a smile on your face and keep it there for the duration.
Top Critic
February 4, 2016
They're not the types to go fumbling for profundity, those Coens. Profoundly funny will do.
February 4, 2016
"Hail, Caesar!" verifies a suspicion long held here, that the Coen brothers, Joel and Ethan, really hate the movies.
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