|Gramercy Pictures (I) | Release Date: March 8, 1996||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
As gruesome as Fargo is, the Coens keep us laughing with a Hollywood-centric view of middle America.
The Coens are masters at striking a tone and holding it.
This mordant, macabre look at the American obsession with fast food, television and murder is icily funny.
What mainly registers is the quiet desperation and simple pleasures of ordinary midwestern lives, the fatuous ways that people cover up their emotional and intellectual gaps, and the alternating pointlessness and cuteness of human existence. This may be a masterpiece of sorts, but it left me feeling rotten. Read full review
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