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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Michael Wilmington, 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."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"Deceptive in its storytelling choices, economical with its plotting, and sly with its dialogue, this Oscar winner is truly incredible."
‑ Glenn Dunks, Quickflix
"McDormand is brilliant, Macy terrific, Presnell perfect, Buscemi fabulous. And Stormare is fascinating as one of the deadliest and most horrid big-screen killers in recent memory. Fargo is a down-and-dirty doozy."
‑ Roger Hurlburt, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"As great a film as the Coens have made. And that's saying something."
‑ , Film4
"A small, supremely satisfying film. Heck and you betcha, it is."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"From the camera angles to the set design, everything is calculated to make the viewer feel superior to the cloddish, geeky characters on display."
‑ Dave Kehr, New York Daily News
"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."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"The result is a modern masterpiece."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"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. Fargo is great American movie-making."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Baltimore Sun
"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."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"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."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"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."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"Fargo stands out as the Coen brothers' warmest, most accessible offering to date -- despite its frosty Minnesota setting."
‑ , Total Film
"The Coen brothers, director Ethan and producer-cowriter Joel, have finally latched onto a story strong enough to carry their eccentric mix of black humor and self-conscious style."
‑ Tom Gliatto, People Magazine
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