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R| 1 hr. 56 min.

Plot Summary
Set in 1941, an intellectual New York playwright Barton Fink (John Turturro) accepts an offer to write movie scripts in L.A. He finds himself with writer's block when required to do a B-movie script. His neighbor tries to help, but he continues to struggle as a bizarre sequence of events distracts him.

Cast: John Turturro , John Goodman , Judy Davis , Michael Lerner , John Mahoney , Tony Shalhoub , Jon Polito , Steve Buscemi

Director: Joel Coen

Genres: Drama

Distributor: 20th Century Fox

Barton Fink (1991)

Release Date: August 1st, 1991|1 hr. 56 min.

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  • 100
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Stimulating entertainment, as rigorously challenging and painfully funny as anything the Coens have done. But it's necessary to meet the Coens halfway. If you don't, Barton Fink is an empty exercise that will bore you breathless. If you do, it's a comic nightmare that will stir your imagination like no film in years. show more

  • 88
    Mike Clark USA Today

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

  • 60
    Julie Salamon Wall Street Journal

    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)] show more

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