Barton Fink

Barton Fink

Barton Fink

In this Palme d'Or winning Coen brothers comedy-drama, a renowned New York playwright (John Turturro) is enticed to California and discovers the hellish truth of Hollywood.

"Barton Fink is a young playwright in New York in 1941 who enjoys an overnight success with a drama celebrating the common man. Hollywood takes notice and enlists him to write wrestling pictures for Wallace Beery. "Barton Fink" chronicles his struggle with writer's block, with Hollywood, and with [a] neighbour in his hotel who shows Barton something about the darker side of wrestling, and of life." (Cannes Film Festival)

Winner of Best Actor (Turturro), Best Director (Joel Coen) and the Palme d'Or for best film, 1991 Cannes Film Festival.
1991Rating: M, Coarse language and violence116 minsUSA, UK
ComedyDramaMystery
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Variety

Variety

press

Scene after scene is filled with a ferocious strength and humor.

Time Out

Time Out

press

Somehow everything coheres, thanks to the Coens' superb writing and assured direction, and a roster of marvellous performances. The result works on numerous levels, thrilling the mind, ears and eyes, and racking the nerves.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

It's an exhilarating original.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

It's an assured piece of comic filmmaking.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

...the feeling is inescapable that the film is adding up to much less than the sum of its parts. But when the parts are so enticing, and presented with such brazen assurance, you find yourself wondering how much it really matters if they add up at all.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Barton Fink is the ultimate in intellectual ballast, and with him the Coens have created a genuinely believable and multi-faceted character, while giving us a thumping good story that never lets up in its humour, pathos and intrigue.

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

Scene after scene is filled with a ferocious strength and humor.

Time Out

Time Out

press

Somehow everything coheres, thanks to the Coens' superb writing and assured direction, and a roster of marvellous performances. The result works on numerous levels, thrilling the mind, ears and eyes, and racking the nerves.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

It's an exhilarating original.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

It's an assured piece of comic filmmaking.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

...the feeling is inescapable that the film is adding up to much less than the sum of its parts. But when the parts are so enticing, and presented with such brazen assurance, you find yourself wondering how much it really matters if they add up at all.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Barton Fink is the ultimate in intellectual ballast, and with him the Coens have created a genuinely believable and multi-faceted character, while giving us a thumping good story that never lets up in its humour, pathos and intrigue.

4.0

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