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Universal acclaim- based on 89 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 88 out of 89
  2. Negative: 0 out of 89
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  1. CassianJ
    Jan 6, 2008
    Wow this film just gets better with age. This is a classic movie which proves that script and character will always give you more than any amount of dollars thrown at a movie. This is classic Coen brothers
  2. RussellW.
    Oct 10, 2003
    Perfectly silly, inane, thoughtful, imaginative, and brilliantly made film completely bereft of cliches. The finest work ever done by the Coen brothers.
  3. JustinT
    Nov 10, 2007
    A strange funny film. Without a doubt my favorite non "Goof-Ball" comedy out there.
  4. JonH.
    Feb 17, 2005
    One of My Favorite Comedies of all time. I loved it, wonderfully cartoonish.
  5. AaronS.
    Jul 19, 2006
    One of the five funniest movies of all time. That loud sound is the movie's brilliance zooming over the long-forgotten L.A. Times critic's head. But apparently she wasn't alone. Inexplicable.
  6. JohnG.
    Jul 24, 2006
    Close to a classic film. Critics tend to overthink the plot, the humor, and story to their own disenchantment. It's Arizona circa 1984 with a twist of Easy Rider, an atmosphere of lingering Goldwater & earthy individualism all marinated in original comedic advances. Enjoy it!
  7. AnneB.
    Nov 10, 2007
    Brilliant, even after about 100 viewings. Since seeing this all-time family favorite, I never miss a Coen brothers movie.
  8. JayG.
    Sep 15, 2005
    It taps into a part of american redneck culture; and hence comedy- trailers, lawn chairs, country accents, shot guns, and still there is something very human and endearing in the characters and story. A very colorful, hilarious movie.

Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    Cage creates a homey and thoroughly likable character who earns the respect of the audience, but Hunter is the real surprise. Appearing in her first starring role, the stage veteran displays so much energy that she forces the audience to pay attention.
  2. The big trouble with Raising Arizona is that the Coens overdrew their wild and crazy yarn, and overdo almost every gag and gimmick. [20 Mar 1987]
  3. Like "Blood Simple," it's full of technical expertise but has no life of its own... The direction is without decisive style. [11 Mar 1987, p.C24]