Fargo

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    Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to be a snap and nobody's going to Show more... get hurt... until people start dying. Enter Police Chief Marge, a coffee-drinking, parka-wearing - and extremely pregnant - investigator who'll stop at nothing to get her man. And if you think her small-time investigative skills will give the crooks a run for their ransom... you betcha!

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    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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    A small, supremely satisfying film. Heck and you betcha, it is.

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    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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    It's another daring black comedy by one of the most consistently inventive moviemaking teams of the last decade, brothers Joel and Ethan Coen.

    4/4
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    From the camera angles to the set design, everything is calculated to make the viewer feel superior to the cloddish, geeky characters on display.

    2/4
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    In the fascinating Fargo, writer-director Joel and writer-producer Ethan have come up with a film that is either an oddly funny crime drama or an ultra-deadpan comedy, depending on how you look at it.

    4/5
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    Fargo is a strikingly mature, uniqueentertainment that plays on many levels ... all satisfying.

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    The Coens remain effortlessly ahead of the American field.

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    Gunderson (Frances McDormand) [is] the most endearing, hilarious and wholly feminine heroine since Thelma or Louise.

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    Chief Gunderson was created by the Coens specifically for Frances McDormand ... and they've been rewarded by a brilliant and unblinking comic performance.

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

    3/4
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    With Fargo, Joel and Ethan Coen return to the glory days of 1987 and Raising Arizona.

    3/4
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    Uniquely fascinating.

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    Has a murder mystery, a heist gone wrong, tragedy, comedy, and well flushed out characters that are both simple and complex at the same time.

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    Fargo has been hauntingly photographed by Roger Deakins with great, expressive use of white-outs that sometimes make the characters appear to be moving through a dream.

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    Whether these characters are lovable or detestable, they're lovable or detestable in a TV way -- defined by a minimal set of traits that are endlessly reiterated and incapable of expansion or alteration, a fixed loop.

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    Kidnapping, larceny and murder have seldom been funnier than in Fargo.

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    Like every other critic I'm aware of, I loved this movie.

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    To watch it is to experience steadily mounting delight, as you realize the filmmakers have taken enormous risks, gotten away with them and made a movie that is completely original, and as familiar as an old shoe.

    4/4
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    This mordant, macabre look at the American obsession with fast food, television and murder is icily funny.

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    The danger in portraying characters you consider significantly less interesting than yourself is that too much superiority and not enough affection can lead to a fatal snottiness.

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    All attitude and low aptitude. Its function is to italicize the Coens' giddy contempt toward people who talk and think Minnesotan.

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

    4/4
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    A nifty bit of nastiness from two of our most dependably provocative filmmakers.

    3/4
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    The hot news about Joel and Ethan Coen is that they have made a tolerable film.

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    Works like a charm. A really weird charm, that is.

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    The joy of Fargo is that everything that goes wrong does so in a perfectly realized universe of icebound Minnesotan understatement, a landscape so muffled by snow and Scandinavian-bred, low-affect courtesy that even murderous passion comes out goofy.

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