Raising Arizona
Raising Arizona (1987)

Combining influences from Tex Avery cartoons to Sam Raimi horror movies to 1940s B-movies, Joel Coen and Ethan Coen followed up the stylish film noir of their debut, Blood Simple (1984), with this frantic screwball comedy. H.I.… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: January 1, 1987
DVD Release Date: August 3, 1999
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A terrifically original, eccentric screwball comedy, Raising Arizona may not be the Coens' most disciplined movie, but it's one of their most purely entertaining.

Pauline Kael
New Yorker

Raising Arizona is no big deal, but it has a rambunctious charm.

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Variety Staff

While film is filled with many splendid touches and plenty of yocks, it often doesn't hold together as a coherent story.

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Eleanor Ringel Cater
Saporta Report (Atlanta)

Yes, the Coens are techno-brat showoffs, but when the show is this good, who cares?

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

To their old fascination with Sunbelt pathology, to their side-winding Steadicam and pristine command of screen space, the Coens have added a robust humor, a plot that keeps outwitting expectations and a...dollop of sympathy for their forlorn kidnapers.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Starting from a point of delirious excess, the film leaps into dark and virtually uncharted territory to soar like a comet.

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Nick Rogers
The Film Yap

In their first masterpiece, the Coens first delight with sheer kinetics, then dazzle with colorful colloquialisms & verbal voodoo, and eventually disarm you with the grace and guile through which they examine modern foibles, failures and forgiveness.

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Pat Graham
Chicago Reader

The cartoon vision of southwestern tackiness doesn't cut very deep, but the mise-en-scene is packed with clever clutter.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Like Blood Simple, it's full of technical expertise but has no life of its own.

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Cathy Burke
United Press International

A non-stop chase movie filled with so much good humor it's like an all-expense paid trip to another planet.

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Chris Weber
Mix Looney Tunes, Sam Raimi's 'horror film camera moves', 40s B-movies, and a bit of The Road Warrior, and that's pretty much what you get… More
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[img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] Narratively flimsy and chaotic, but boasting an original idea with comedic… More
Lucas Martins
One of the most criative and entertaining Coen's brothers film.
Manu Gino
Their lawless years are behind them. Their child-rearing years lay ahead... Good movie! The Coen Brothers first "masterpiece" black comedy was a 1987… More
Graham Jones
Though I'm not as much of a fan of this as most Coen Bros. fans, there's no denying the great lead performances and the creative nature of this… More
Melvin White
H.I.: Biology and the prejudices of others conspired to keep us childless.  "A Comedy Beyond Belief" I just watched Raising Arizona for the second… More