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The Hudsucker Proxy
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen concocted this stylish screwball comedic amalgam of Frank Capra and Howard Hawks. Tim Robbins stars as Norville Barnes, a dull-wit from Muncie, Indiana who wrangles a job with the big Hudsucker Industries. He has a singular idea for a new children's toy that he wants to present to corporate executive Sidney J. Mussberger (Paul Newman). As he makes his way up to Mussberger's office, the company president Waring Hudsucker (Charles Durning) is on his way down -- through the window of the forty-fourth floor boardroom! Hudsucker's death sets off a panic that… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 58%

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"A visually arresting but emotionally uninvolving dark comedy."
‑ Duane Byrge, Hollywood Reporter
"A minor work, but confirmation of the Coens' position among America's most ambitious, able and exciting film-makers."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Few of the Coen Brothers' films spike the vein of pure pleasure as easily. It's an irresistibly loquacious, unpredictably riotous comedy that dares you to keep up with its daffiness and doesn't give a damn whether you get left behind."
‑ Nick Rogers, Suite101.com
"Bizarre, yet typical Coen comedy. Very dark and cartoonish."
‑ Steve Crum, Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
"Stinging Coen brothers satire."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"A jeering, dreamlike comedy with nothing much on its mind except how neat the Coen brothers are and how stupid or contemptible everybody else is, including everyone in the audience."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Movies are, after all, about fakery; so is the story of Norville's rise and fall and redemption."
‑ Caryn James, New York Times
"A pastiche of a movie that lacks distinct identity and authenticity, made up of borrowed parts from scrwball comedies Frank Capra, Howard Hawks, and Preston Sturges."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Criminally overlooked and sinfully wonderful Coen brothers comedy. Jennifer Jason Leigh is just flawless here."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"A rare Coen Bros. misfire, never quite as nostalgic or clever as the dialogue or art direction imply."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"Nearly everything in the Coen brothers' latest and biggest film seems like a wizardly but artificial synthesis, leaving a hole in the middle where some emotion and humanity should be."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"A wickedly funny and incisive lampoon of big business."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"An impressive technical achievement--the period New York sets are to die for -- and its version of the invention of the hula-hoop is a comic highlight."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"[The Coens'] inventive style and the over-the-top performances from Robbins and Newman make this a feast for the eyes and a barrel of laughs."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"Better than you've heard."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
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