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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

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    A black comedy in the tradition of David Lynch, Luis Bunuel and the Coens assured piece of comic filmmaking. show more

  • 88
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    This hip morality tale is by no means perfect - it's not the masterpiece "Miller's Crossing" was - but it is stylish, intelligent, witty and more than slightly creepy. show more

  • 80
    Angie Errigo Empire

    The allusions and illusions are just a treat until about two-thirds of the way in, when a genuinely shocking development takes the film off into psycho-horror that is almost as baffling as it is unsatisfying. show more

  • 70
    TV Guide

    Ultimately, however, the look, sound and feel of this macabre comedy fail to support any coherent theme...Much is denigrated, but little affirmed. show more

  • 78
    Steve Davis Austin Chronicle

    For once, the Coen brothers' neurotic filmmaking style works to their advantage; it's giddily appropriate for a movie about a man who's losing his mind. show more

  • 75
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    Barton Fink has an atmosphere of languid comic anxiety (it's like a cross between "Eraserhead" and "Angel Heart"), and it's fun to watch, if only because you have no idea what's coming next. show more

  • 100
    The New York Times

    An unqualified winner. Here is a fine dark comedy of flamboyant style and immense though seemingly effortless techniqe...It's an exhilarating original. [21 Aug 1991] show more

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