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Reviews: Hail, Caesar! (2016)

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  • [New – 2/25/16] | Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
    • Excerpt: E allora, ancora una volta, quella che sembrava solo una commedia scatenata e nostalgica, si rivela qualcosa di più: un conte philosophique, che racconta l’importanza del capitale ben utilizzato e la costruzione di un’identità.
  • [New – 2/25/16] | José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Los hermanos Coen proponen un thriller negro y cómico ambientado en un mundo loco, trágico y estupendamente absurdo. Comercialmente se sitúa en un lado bastante denso de su filmografía para el gran público, pero es perfectamente recomendable.
  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: It is, all in all, mid-level Coens. But as so many others have noted, mid-level Coens still tops most other filmmakers at their peak.
  • Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice
    • Excerpt: A light-hearted dramedy about a good man working in Hollywood.
  • Francisco Cangiano @ CineXpress [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Hail, Caesar! es una graciosa y divertida carta de amor al excéntrico y mimado Hollywood de los años 50s. Desde las filmaciones de películas clásicas, hasta números musicales llenos de magia y esplendor, los hermanos Coen sin duda logran contagiarte con su amor por dicha época de oro del cine. Aunque lejos de ser de sus mejores ofertas, Hail, Caesar! termina siendo un agradable viaje al pasado, gracias a excelentes actuaciones, una hermosa fotografía y una historia serpentina respaldada por bastante humor sano.
  • Bill Clark @ From The Balcony
    • Excerpt: With Hail, Caesar!, it’s baffling to see the Coens deliver something with next to nothing at stake and zero involvement from a character perspective.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Who but the Coen brothers could make a Christ allegory with the Imperial Garden Chinese restaurant as the desert where Jesus is tempted?
  • Blake Crane @ Film Pulse
    • Excerpt: There’s something for every brand of Coen brothers fan in Hail, Caesar!
  • Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: The Coen Brothers’ latest outing, “Hail, Caesar!,” basically takes the same subject matter as the Oscar®-nominated “Trumbo” and turns it inside out while on acid. In what would otherwise be just a goofy homage to Hollywood in the fifties, here the Communist screenwriters really are collaborating with the Soviet Union to turn America red. This should be offensive as hell, but “Hail, Caesar!” is so deftly executed it turns what could have been the second coming of John Wayne’s Cold War propaganda soap opera “Big Jim McLain” into a satire of right wing paranoia.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Hail, Caesar! is an episodic romp, filled with unabashed adoration for the feats, follies, and foibles of Hollywood.
  • Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: The Coen brothers’ latest picture, ‘Hail, Caesar!’, is a silly tribute to traditional Hollywood starring all the usual suspects with a few fresh additions.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: It’s not the worst Coen brothers picture, but it’s close.
  • Courtney Howard @ FreshFiction.tv
    • Excerpt: Delightfully bonkers, it’s exuberant, entertaining and enjoyable.
  • Allyson Johnson @ CambridgeDay.com
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Rather than mock this era of studio primacy, the Coens celebrate it; they lovingly pay homage to it, even though they cloak the honor in comedy, satire, and wit. Hail, Caesar! is a refreshing and creative return to classic Coen Brothers brainy comedy; the kind they douse with clever, cheeky one-liners.
  • Steve Katz @ The Alpha Primitive
    • Excerpt: There is more to Hail, Caesar! than simply a loving look of the Hollywood of a bygone era, but that vitality allows it to glide over any of its bumps in the road. It is difficult not to leave the theater wishing you had gotten a tad more, but the reason we want more is rooted in the quality of what the Coens have given us.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: It’s more lark than full meal, but there is no denying that this is one of the Coens’ most plainly enjoyable and could probably end up being their most misunderstood and divisive.
  • Oktay Kozak @ The Oregon Herald
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
  • Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit
  • Glenn Lovell @ CinemaDope.com
    • Excerpt: Review … obviously meant as a homage to the great Preston Sturges, the Coens’ latest disappoints; it’s a disjointed, surprisingly dour succession of double entendres, in-jokes, backlot vignettes …
  • Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
    • Excerpt: If you love movies from the ’40s and ’50s, you’ll see the affection buried within the Coens’ often uproarious parody of the on- and off-screen cinematic world at that time.
  • Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See
    • Excerpt: Hail, Caesar! may not go down as one of the best Coen Brothers movie, but even that is still better than damn near every other offering out there.
  • [New – 2/25/16] | Simon Miraudo @ Student Edge
  • Jared Mobarak @ BuffaloVibe
    • Excerpt: I’d totally watch it again and bask in its sketch comedy skit nature, but it could have been so much more. Instead it’s a fluff piece with a ton of memorable parts that ultimately add up to an underwhelming whole.
  • [New – 2/25/16] | Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: Hail to the Chief!
  • Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: Filmmakers achieve a rare level of freedom and anonymity when they’re as consistently good as the Coens are, and their latest film Hail, Caesar! is one wacky comedy that throws pie all over Tinseltown’s face.
  • Kristy Puchko @ Comic Book Resources
    • Excerpt: It’s intriguing that the Coen brothers are exploring their own relationship with Hollywood and moviemaking through this zany comedy. That alone makes it worth a rewatch.
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: It’s not their best film, but I’m happy that I saw it. It’s a giddy, colorful and sublimely goofy confection, a trip through Hollywood’s Golden Age and a heightened vision of what that era was all about. The brothers establish their story not with a singular narrative but with a structure that feels more like a series of short stories merged together with a common theme.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Impresses more as a fitfully engaging exercise than a fully realized vision. Among the collaborations of the Coens and Clooney, this falls closer to ‘Intolerable Cruelty’ than to ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’ But to render unto ‘Caesar’ its due, the movie does deliver sporadic amusement and a few absolutely spectacular sequences.
  • Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
    • Excerpt: All of the watchable performances make this uneven Coen Brothers movie worth seeing.
  • Ron Wilkinson @ Monsters and Critics
    • Excerpt: This ensemble comedy may be much ado about nothing but it is never less than thoroughly entertaining.
  • Andrew Wyatt @ St. Louis Magazine
    • Excerpt: The film slowly reveals more complex political and spiritual currents, which wriggle through the fizzy period dialog like shrewd serpents.
Updated: February 25, 2016 — 10:01 pm
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