100

Chicago Tribune

By Gene Siskel
The fans of their best work -- "Blood Simple, "Raising Arizona," "Barton Fink" -- now can add Fargo to the list, pushing the Coens to the first rank of contemporary American filmmakers. [8 March 1996, Friday, p.B]
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100

Baltimore Sun

By Ann Hornaday
It's a miracle: A tough, honest, bloody film set so far from the bright lights it feels as if it's on a different planet, yet knowable and absolutely compelling from start to finish.
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100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Stack
A crime gem that is darkly funny even when it's chilling -- and certain to become a classic.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Dizzily rich, witty, and satisfying.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Rotates its story through satire, comedy, suspense and violence, until it emerges as one of the best films I've ever seen.
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90

Mr. Showbiz

The Coens are masters at striking a tone and holding it.
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88

San Francisco Examiner

By G. Allen Johnson
The Coens haven't been this sharp, focused and fluid since their first film. This is "Blood Simple's" promise fulfilled.
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
It's easy to admire what the Coens are trying to do in Fargo, but more difficult to actually like the film.
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75

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Lean, mean and mordant black comedy.
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60

TV Guide

By Frank Lovece
Born and raised in Minnesota, the Coens know their targets well and generally hit them squarely.
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85 out of 100
Universal acclaim
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.