Barton Fink
Barton Fink (1991)

The title character, played by John Turturro, is a Broadway playwright, based on Clifford Odets, lured to Hollywood with the promise of untold riches by a boorish studio chieftain (played by Michael Lerner as a combination of Louis B. Mayer… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: August 21, 1991
DVD Release Date: May 20, 2003
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Twisty and unsettling, the Coen brothers' satirical tale of a 1940s playwright struggling with writer's block is packed with their trademark sense of humor and terrific performances from its cast.

Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

It's at its best when young Barton Fink simply stares at a picture of a bathing beauty contemplating the ocean -- a Hollywood dream.

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Variety Staff

Scene after scene is filled with a ferocious strength and humor.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Weird, funny, would-be cult film, filled with its strange spaces and surreal dream logic.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

Gnomic, claustrophobic, hallucinatory, just plain weird, it is the kind of movie critics can soak up thousands of words analyzing and cinephiles can soak up at least three espressos arguing their way through.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

This creepy satire is full of laughs and flaky twists, but by the end you may still be scratching your head.

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Cole Smithey

Part "Eraserhead" and part "Naked Lunch," "Barton Fink" is like whitefish on sand.

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David Ansen

Again the Coens take familiar movie tropes and twist them into something new. This may be their most haunting movie.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Somehow everything coheres, thanks to the Coens' superb writing and assured direction, and a roster of marvellous performances. The result works on numerous levels, thrilling the mind, ears and eyes, and racking the nerves.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Goes off the deep end.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Good performances pepper this work about ... well, what is it about? The naivete of youthful idealism? The plasticity of Hollywood maybe? Or maybe the latent… More
Alex roy
Barton Fink is a great film directed by the Coen Brothers, and it tells a really compelling story based on a smartly, well written screenplay that only the Coen… More
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Sam Barnett
It doesn't take long to realize that Barton Fink is something special. Its a very frustrating film, intentionally genius and pointless at the same time,… More
Carlos Magalhães
An always smart and intriguing film that combines acid criticism (especially of Hollywood) and a surreal feel of nightmare the way the Coen brothers do best,… More
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"I've always found that writing comes from a great inner pain."</i> Set in 1941, a newly successful New York playwright accepts… More