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!
Anthony Lane 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.
Leonard Klady Fargo is a strikingly mature, uniqueentertainment that plays on many levels ... all satisfying.
Geoff Andrew The Coens remain effortlessly ahead of the American field.
Rita Kempley Gunderson (Frances McDormand) [is] the most endearing, hilarious and wholly feminine heroine since Thelma or Louise.
Kenneth Turan Chief Gunderson was created by the Coens specifically for Frances McDormand ... and they've been rewarded by a brilliant and unblinking comic performance.
Keith Simanton Uniquely fascinating.
Shannon Gee 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.
Janet Maslin 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.
Jonathan Rosenbaum 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.
Louis B. Parks Kidnapping, larceny and murder have seldom been funnier than in Fargo.
Bruce Reid Like every other critic I'm aware of, I loved this movie.
Paula Nechak This mordant, macabre look at the American obsession with fast food, television and murder is icily funny.
Laura Miller 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.
Richard Corliss All attitude and low aptitude. Its function is to italicize the Coens' giddy contempt toward people who talk and think Minnesotan.
Stanley Kauffmann The hot news about Joel and Ethan Coen is that they have made a tolerable film.
Desson Thomson Works like a charm. A really weird charm, that is.