Raising Arizona Synopsis
Loser (Nicolas Cage) and wife (Holly Hunter) kidnap quintuplet from store magnate.
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100

Washington Post

By Rita Kempley
It is a wacky, happy, daring, darkly comic tale of parenting outside the law. It celebrates the middle-of-the-road dreams of decidedly...
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90

Time

By Richard Corliss
To their old fascination with Sunbelt pathology, to their side-winding Steadicam and pristine command of screen space, the Coens have added...
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70

The New Yorker

By Pauline Kael
Raising Arizona is no big deal, but it has a rambunctious charm. The sunsets look marvelously ultra-vivid, the pain doesn't seem to be dry...
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63

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
The whole caper loses its rhythm and its direction around the two-thirds mark. By the finish, the punch has left the lines, and the...
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60

TV Guide

Cage creates a homey and thoroughly likable character who earns the respect of the audience, but Hunter is the real surprise. Appearing in...
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50

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
[The Coen Brothers] sweat and strain to deliver more of the same cinematic ingenuity, but the result seems more nervous than inspired....
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50

Wall Street Journal

By Julie Salamon
These fraternal film makers have a lot of imagination and sense of fun - and, most of all, a terrific sense of how to manipulate imagery......
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50

Chicago Tribune

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Quickly and fatally, the overlooked form peels away from the slight, frail content, and the film starts to look like an episode of "Hee...
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38

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
What Raising Arizona needs more than anything else is more velocity. Here's a movie that stretches out every moment for more than it's...
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Stack
The big trouble with Raising Arizona is that the Coens overdrew their wild and crazy yarn, and overdo almost every gag and gimmick. [20 Mar...
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RAISING ARIZONA

By lugubriousthespian
Second time out of the gate Joel & Ethan Cohen brought us this deliriously off-the-wall comedy masquerading as an absurdest art house film starring a still relatively unknown and underrated Holly...

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Rated PG-13
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Common Sense Media says OK for kids 14+ A hysterically twisted film. Mature teens only.
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