User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 74 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 68 out of 74
  2. Negative: 1 out of 74
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  1. PatC.
    Jan 10, 2004
    4
    A story about writer's block. I suspect it was also about how the script was written. Intriguing clear through, but a big so-what at the end.
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69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. Billed as a comedy, but it could also be billed as a drama, a satire, an allegory, or a film (partially) noir. It wouldn't matter, or help... Not since Robert Altman has any American filmmaker been as overrated as this pair. [30 Sept 1991]
  2. 100
    What "Raising Arizona" was to baby lust, "Barton Fink" is to writer's block -- a rapturously funny, strangely bittersweet, moderately horrifying and, yes, truly apt description of the condition and its symptoms.
  3. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    100
    Creepily beautiful, acted with relish, Barton Fink is a savagely original work. It lodges in your head like a hatchet. [26 Aug 1991]