Gramercy Pictures (I) | Release Date: March 8, 1996 CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION
85
METASCORE
Universal acclaim based on 24 Critics
Positive:
21
Mixed:
3
Negative:
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100
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
As gruesome as Fargo is, the Coens keep us laughing with a Hollywood-centric view of middle America.
100
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
The Coens are masters at striking a tone and holding it.
80
This mordant, macabre look at the American obsession with fast food, television and murder is icily funny.
80
The Coen brothers wrote McDormand’s role best. Much of the time they seem to have had “Pulp Fiction” in their ears--strings of incongruous banalities; but with this pregnant cop, they struck some gold of their own. [March 25, 1996]
70
Uniquely fascinating.