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Filmmaking siblings Joel Coen and Ethan Coen both embraced and poked satirical fun at their Minnesotan roots with this comedy-drama-thriller that earned seven Oscar nominations, winning for Best Actress and Best Original Screenplay. Frances McDormand stars as Marge Gunderson, a pregnant police chief whose affable, folksy demeanor masks a whip-smart mind. When a pair of motorists are found slain not far from the corpse of a state trooper, Marge begins piecing together a case involving a pair of dopey would-be kidnappers, Carl (Steve Buscemi) and Gaear (Bergman stock player Peter Stormare).… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Fargo is a strikingly mature, uniqueentertainment that plays on many levels ... all satisfying."
‑ Leonard Klady, Variety
"Chief Gunderson was created by the Coens specifically for Frances McDormand ... and they've been rewarded by a brilliant and unblinking comic performance."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"The performances by McDormand (bringing a GREAT screen character to life) and Macy are superb."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
""Fargo" is the kind of black comedy you can rediscover over and over again. The laughs and shocks never fade."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"The Coen Brothers have always loved to go far, a tactic they don't forgo in Fargo. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"The Coens remain effortlessly ahead of the American field."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Like every other critic I'm aware of, I loved this movie."
‑ Bruce Reid, Film.com
"As is typical Coen Brothers entertainment. "Fargo" offers incredibly complex characterization along with very memorable dark comedy."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Quite simply, Fargo is the best movie the Coen Brothers have ever made. And that's saying a lot."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Do you have to be a Minnesotan to really get Fargo?"
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"Gunderson (Frances McDormand) [is] the most endearing, hilarious and wholly feminine heroine since Thelma or Louise."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"With Fargo, Joel and Ethan Coen return to the glory days of 1987 and Raising Arizona."
‑ Susan Stark, Detroit News
"Dark, gritty, and brilliant. Not for kids."
‑ Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media
"The most complete film the Coens have ever made, it's nothing short of a movie for the ages."
‑ Robert Levin, Film School Rejects
"The best movie heroine in years."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
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