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Ratings & Reviews

  1. Wee Hunk's rating of the film Barton Fink

    Barton Fink came after the amazing "Miller's Crossing' and is another example of the Coens thinking too much. (See 'Hudsucker Proxy') It's also in that category of special interest that isn't necessarily as interesting to the rest of us (See 'Hail Caesar')

  2. Victor Morosoff's rating of the film Barton Fink

  3. J. O.'s rating of the film Barton Fink

    Strokes of genius and laziness. Not surprisingly, this surrealist oddity was concocted during a bout of writer's block. The comedy was sharp - the academic Jew beating his guts out to tell stories "for the common man" while interrupting and ignoring the common man in his company. The ambiguity of the mystery, however, felt contrived and even pretentious - with no underlying meaning. An exercise in tones and moments.

  4. Adam Whybray's rating of the film Barton Fink

    My favourite Coens film because I am a pretentious schmuck like Barton. As with 'Lebowski' and 'Oh Brother', plays so fast and loose with allegorical resonances, you are given the impression of depth without being required to do the intellectual busywork. I think this turns a lot of people off the Coens, but here it absolutely works because Barton is utterly self-mythologising. A slippery fish w/ a beautiful score.

  5. Luis Pires's rating of the film Barton Fink

    Probably in my top 3 for Coen movies. Good double-bill with Cronenberg's Naked Lunch.

  6. Malik Dowdy's rating of the film Barton Fink

    No way can I have even begin to form an opinion regarding this film after just one viewing. BUT one thing I can say (until I watch it again) is this film represents everything filmmaking can be if approached as an artform rather then a tool to make money! STAY TUNED for more concreteness.

  7. Bob's rating of the film Barton Fink

    John Turturro by appearance and exhaustion channels young Franz Kafka, but instead of metaphysical abstractions, his troubled existence is based on struggle for recognition and fear of the failure - while being bitten by insects instead of becoming one. In that sense, it comes as a sort of neo-kafkaesque picture that relies on eccentric humor and bizarre characters while successfully being funny and paradoxical.

  8. Lights in the Dusk's rating of the film Barton Fink

    With his grandiosity, arrogance, sneering at the common man & attempts to remain apart from the Hollywood machine that subsidises his work, one could very easily read Fink as a grotesque caricature of the Coens' worst tendencies. In this sense it's a work of self-critique, but a sly one; its writer's block satire obscured by an ironic comingling of art-house surrealism, B-movie schlock & character comedy. Astounding.

  9. jewelsofglory's rating of the film Barton Fink

  10. Paolo Utili's rating of the film Barton Fink

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  12. Ethan's rating of the film Barton Fink

    This is hands down one of the best from The Coen Brothers. A perfect little Hollywood film noir that features John Turturro in his greatest performance and a perfectly psychotic John Goodman for added good measure. This is a masterpiece.

  13. Shahin Katila's rating of the film Barton Fink

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  15. Christopher M. Jones's rating of the film Barton Fink

    It's predictable and a touch misogynistic but it captures a certain type of evil man in a way only the Coens seem to be able to pull off consistently

  16. Matthew Catanzano's rating of the film Barton Fink

    Nearly perfect, and several of the performances are brilliant.

  17. vizija's rating of the film Barton Fink

  18. Il secondo maestro del revolver's rating of the film Barton Fink

  19. LauraPalmer's rating of the film Barton Fink

    Rewatched and re-loved. M A S T E R P I E C E.

  20. Ramzi's rating of the film Barton Fink

    Great film. John Goodman is just excellent. Turturro is also great as the well-intentioned, but awkward and aloof lead. A really good example of someone who lives inside their own brain, and the problems this creates. A little too industry-focused: cinephiles are more likely to love this than the common working man towards whom poor Barton wants to focus drama.

  21. Eric Sherwood's rating of the film Barton Fink

    Joel before he transcended the physical plane.

  22. chiathirdeye's rating of the film Barton Fink

  23. Dudeness's rating of the film Barton Fink

    One of the dignity of the post-modern cinema in the 90s

  24. el.duderino's rating of the film Barton Fink

    Two powerful performances by Turturro and Goodman serve to tell a twisted tale of loneliness, madness, empathy and the artistic struggle to extricate beauty and truth from human suffering. Definitely worth a second viewing (like most of the Coens' movies) as certain events may appear slightly incongruent at first.

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