Barton Fink Movie Review

That "Barton Fink feeling" is all over the Coen brothers movie, a modern classic that both celebrates and damns the Golden Age of Hollywood. One of the Coens' most play-like movies, John Turturro stars in a career-making role as an angst-ridden supporter of the common man, a playwright who makes it big in New York and then sells out to L.A., where he is promptly interred in a seedy hotel to write a wrestling movie. There he meets a friendly but slightly off-kilter insurance salesman (John Goodman) and his hero, an old time writer (John Mahoney). Nothing turns out as it seems, and the surreal finale to the film elevate the movie to being one of the Coens' best.

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Barton Fink Rating

" Extraordinary "

Rating: R, 1991

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