(1996)

Critic Reviews

85

Metascore

Based on 24 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
Chicago Sun-Times
Rotates its story through satire, comedy, suspense and violence, until it emerges as one of the best films I've ever seen.
100
Entertainment Weekly
Dizzily rich, witty, and satisfying.
100
San Francisco Chronicle
A crime gem that is darkly funny even when it's chilling -- and certain to become a classic.
100
Chicago Tribune
The fans of their best work -- "Blood Simple, "Raising Arizona," "Barton Fink" -- now can add Fargo to the list, pushing the Coens to the first rank of contemporary American filmmakers. [8 March 1996, Friday, p.B]
100
Baltimore Sun
It's a miracle: A tough, honest, bloody film set so far from the bright lights it feels as if it's on a different planet, yet knowable and absolutely compelling from start to finish.
90
Mr. Showbiz
The Coens are masters at striking a tone and holding it.
89
Austin Chronicle
An immersion into the characters' world in toto, from the "Oh geezes" and the "Oh, yaahs" to the dark and flinty core beneath.
88
San Francisco Examiner
The Coens haven't been this sharp, focused and fluid since their first film. This is "Blood Simple's" promise fulfilled.
75
USA Today
Lean, mean and mordant black comedy.
75
ReelViews
It's easy to admire what the Coens are trying to do in Fargo, but more difficult to actually like the film.
60
Born and raised in Minnesota, the Coens know their targets well and generally hit them squarely.

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