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Based on 18 Reviews
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  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    An elegant-looking picture, carefully made and beautifully put together, but when the gloss wears off, you're left with an experience that doesn’t quite satisfy. [5 Oct 1990, Daily Datebook, E10] show more

  • 100
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Cold and cut to the bone, the film is a primer in screen virtuosity. Standard action film clichés, like a face getting hit with a chair, get turned inside out; both film and actors somehow manage to seem realistic and stylized at the same time. [21 Sept 1990, Life, p.6D] show more

  • 100
    Jay Scott The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    A masterpiece, but of a unique kind... A gorgeously filmed, supremely well-acted, intricately written film noir about now. show more

  • 88
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    The movie is artful to a fault, with too many characters sitting in perfectly arranged, immaculately lighted rooms and talking a lot. It contains near-classic sequences, though, and splendid performances. [28 Sept 1990] show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    What it doesn't have is a narrative magnet to pull us through - a story line that makes us really care what happens, aside from the elegant but mechanical manipulations of the plot. show more

  • 75
    Dave Kehr Chicago Tribune

    The Coens have technique and they have taste; what they do not yet have is the ability to move beyond their handsome imagery to the human center of their material. [5 Oct 1990, Friday, p.C] show more

  • 80

    A very clever, stylish story of friendship, loyalty and betrayal. show more

  • 70
    TV Guide

    It takes place in an artificial world constructed largely from the mythology of other movies, and, though it's both seamless and stylish, some find it a little too self-conscious for its own good. show more

  • 100
    Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle

    Barry Sonnenfeld's stunning cinematography and the sharply etched characterizations make this film one for the ages. show more

  • 83
    Entertainment Weekly

    If, however, you're looking for compelling characters, all the lights are blazing here but nobody's at home. show more

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