The Hudsucker Proxy
The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)

Sam Raimi and Joel and Ethan Coen wrote this stylish satire about the rapid rise of a naive mailroom clerk in the shark-filled waters of Hudsucker Industries.

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: January 1, 1994
DVD Release Date: May 18, 1999
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Critic Score: 60% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Intriguingly strange and visually distinctive, The Hudsucker Proxy is ultimately almost -- but not quite -- as smart and absorbing as it needs to be.

Adam Mars-Jones
Independent (UK)

It is possible to create something emotionally true out of second-hand ingredients, in fact that's what Hollywood does, but it isn't the Coen Brothers' strong point.

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Todd McCarthy

Nearly everything in the Coen brothers' latest and biggest film seems like a wizardly but artificial synthesis, leaving a hole in the middle where some emotion and humanity should be.

Josh Larsen

...has an unexpected sense of benevolence.

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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter

A visually arresting but emotionally uninvolving dark comedy.

Geoff Andrew
Time Out

A minor work, but confirmation of the Coens' position among America's most ambitious, able and exciting film-makers.

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Richard Propes

I have, minimally, enjoyed every film from the Coen Brothers, yet in my eyes The Hudsucker Proxy is the finest of all of them.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

A jeering, dreamlike comedy with nothing much on its mind except how neat the Coen brothers are and how stupid or contemptible everybody else is, including everyone in the audience.

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Caryn James
New York Times

Movies are, after all, about fakery; so is the story of Norville's rise and fall and redemption.

Brian Costello
Common Sense Media

Dark Coen Brothers screwball comedy has suicide, smoking.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Bathsheba Monk
Saw it this time on DVD. Very mannered and art-deco stylish and Tim Robbins is perfect as the rube from Muncie, which I just love saying....Muncie, Muncie,… More
Melvin White
Norville: It's fun, it's healthy, it's good exercise. The kids will just love it. and we put a little sand inside to make the experience more… More
Graham Jones
Really my least favorite of all the Coen's films. Weak performances from the leads.
xGary Xx
The self made head of a successful corporation commits suicide and its scheming board installs a naive young mail boy as a replacement to crash the stock price… More
paul oh
Its a kid's coen brothers movie. Entertaining from beginning to the end with Tim Robbins playing a great role along with Paul Newman. Its not daring or… More
Conner Rainwater
While I certainly believe it is one of the most idiotic movies ever made, it also happens to be extremely well done and hilarious. The jokes and gags are so… More