The Hudsucker Proxy
The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)

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… More

Rated: PG
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: May 18, 1999
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Critic Score: 58% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter

A visually arresting but emotionally uninvolving dark comedy.

Geoff Andrew
Time Out

A minor work, but confirmation of the Coens' position among America's most ambitious, able and exciting film-makers.

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Nick Rogers
Suite101.com

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.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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Caryn James
New York Times

Movies are, after all, about fakery; so is the story of Norville's rise and fall and redemption.

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

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.

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Todd McCarthy
Variety

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.

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews

A wickedly funny and incisive lampoon of big business.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Bathsheba Monk
Saw it this time on DVD. Very mannered and art-deco stylish and Tim Robbins is perfect as the rube from Muncie, which I just love saying....Muncie, Muncie,… More
Melvin White
Norville: It's fun, it's healthy, it's good exercise. The kids will just love it. and we put a little sand inside to make the experience more… More
Graham Jones
Really my least favorite of all the Coen's films. Weak performances from the leads.
xGary Xx
The self made head of a successful corporation commits suicide and its scheming board installs a naive young mail boy as a replacement to crash the stock price… More
paul oh
Its a kid's coen brothers movie. Entertaining from beginning to the end with Tim Robbins playing a great role along with Paul Newman. Its not daring or… More
Conner Rainwater
While I certainly believe it is one of the most idiotic movies ever made, it also happens to be extremely well done and hilarious. The jokes and gags are so… More

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