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

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 8, 1996
DVD Release Date: June 24, 1997
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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

Chris Packham
Village Voice

The film is a work of brick-by-brick world-building in the service of characters whose ordinariness is just as carefully crafted.

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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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Adam Mars-Jones
Independent (UK)

In effect, the Coens have written an action film that disregards the basic principle of the genre: that character is expressed in action.

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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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Jason Bailey

Not only did the Coens return from the brink, but they gave us one of the most memorable (if not the most memorable) characters in modern cinema.

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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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Kate Muir
Times (UK)

Two words. Marge Gunderson.

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
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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