Fargo
Fargo (1996)

A pregnant police chief is investigating a series of homicides across the frozen tundra. Against a sprawling Minnesota landscape, a car salesman hires two criminals to kidnap his wife. But when the scheme goes sour, and wood chippers get… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: June 24, 1997
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Violent, quirky, and darkly funny, Fargo delivers an original crime story and a wonderful performance by McDormand.

Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

Fargo, with its grotesque murders and cheery detectives, is a cold gem that takes us to the far north. Its seemingly pitiless light opens up the realms of darkness concealed beneath that world of white.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

It's another daring black comedy by one of the most consistently inventive moviemaking teams of the last decade, brothers Joel and Ethan Coen.

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Glenn Dunks
Quickflix

Deceptive in its storytelling choices, economical with its plotting, and sly with its dialogue, this Oscar winner is truly incredible.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

A small, supremely satisfying film. Heck and you betcha, it is.

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Dave Kehr
New York Daily News

From the camera angles to the set design, everything is calculated to make the viewer feel superior to the cloddish, geeky characters on display.

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

Returning to the horror-comic vein that launched their careers, director Joel Coen and producer Ethan Coen pepper their new picture with so much humor that the occasional bursts of sheer mayhem seem more ridiculous than revolting.

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

A few scenes go around in circles, as if snow-blind, and the humor may be too inward and contorted for some tastes. But McDormand brings order to the weirdness and warms it up.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

In the fascinating Fargo, writer-director Joel and writer-producer Ethan have come up with a film that is either an oddly funny crime drama or an ultra-deadpan comedy, depending on how you look at it.

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Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

You have to grant the Coens their due as creators of suspense, mood and plotting, and for their ability to color the most monstrous crimes with an undeniably funny sense of the absurd.

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
Melvin White
Marge Gunderson: There's more to life than a little money, you know. Don'tcha know that? And here ya are, and it's a beautiful day. Well. I just… More
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When I first heard of Fargo, I thought from all these reviews that it was a comedy. When I read the genre, it told me it was a crime-thriller. And before I… More
Wildaly M
Funny, suspenseful, and brilliantly plotted. I loved how the film was constructed, the funny accents, the would-be thugs, the somewhat dim-witted townsfolk, the… More
Sophie Burgess
Very well written film full of twists and bleak events that strangely force you to look at your own life and situations in a new and enlightening way. Boasting… More
Chris Weber
This darkly comedic crime thriller from Joel and Ethan Coen is a real doozy, don'tcha know? Set around Minnesota and North Dakota in the winter of 1987,… More
KJ Proulx
Slow moving, yet well-paced and holding an interesting premise, "Fargo" is not particularly one of my favourite Coen Brothers movies, but it presents… More

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