Barton Fink Synopsis
A 1940s writer (John Turturro) sweats out a script in a weird Hollywood hotel.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Stimulating entertainment, as rigorously challenging and painfully funny as anything the Coens have done. But it's necessary to meet the...
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100

The New York Times

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An unqualified winner. Here is a fine dark comedy of flamboyant style and immense though seemingly effortless techniqe...It's an...
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88

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

This hip morality tale is by no means perfect - it's not the masterpiece "Miller's Crossing" was - but it is stylish, intelligent, witty...
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88

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Though less than the sum of its brilliant parts, the Coens' latest will still be must viewing in 32 years. [21 Aug 1991]
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
A black comedy in the tradition of David Lynch, Luis Bunuel and the Coens themselves...an assured piece of comic filmmaking.
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80

Empire

By Angie Errigo
The allusions and illusions are just a treat until about two-thirds of the way in, when a genuinely shocking development takes the film off...
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78

Austin Chronicle

By Steve Davis
For once, the Coen brothers' neurotic filmmaking style works to their advantage; it's giddily appropriate for a movie about a man who's...
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Barton Fink has an atmosphere of languid comic anxiety (it's like a cross between "Eraserhead" and "Angel Heart"), and it's fun to watch, if...
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70

TV Guide

Ultimately, however, the look, sound and feel of this macabre comedy fail to support any coherent theme...Much is denigrated, but little...
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60

Wall Street Journal

By Julie Salamon
But even as the film's weaknesses make themselves more and more apparent, so does Mr. Turturro's virtuosity. [15 Aug 1991, p.A10(E)]
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BARTON FINK = Cohen Bros in Hell?

By lugubriousthespian
This very metaphoric and metaphysical cinematic excursion was a bit more experimental, even in the hands of of Joel & Ethan Cohen who have produced some of the most audaciously original pieces in...

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Rated R
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Common Sense Media says Iffy for 16+ Bizarre Hollywood dream factory. Teens only.
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