Barton Fink

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Brief Synopsis: "New York intellectual playwright Barton Fink comes to Hollywood to work as a screenwriter. Staying in the eerie Hotel Earle, Barton develops severe writer's block when his studio boss orders the serious-minded Barton to write a low budget wrestling movie. His neighbor, jovial insurance salesman Charlie Meadows, tries to help, but Barton continues to struggle as a bizarre sequence of events distracts him even further from his task."

Overall Ranking: 635 (Rank from 1991: # 8)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 50%
Regular 50%
Half-Popped 0%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Reviewer Rating Review Secondary Ratings
Thomas Pollock90
David Baruffi88(full review)
Dan O'Neill80(full review)
Silver Screen Riot Matt Oakes71(full review)

People Involved

  • John Turturro (Barton Fink)
  • John Goodman (Charlie Meadows)
  • Judy Davis (Audrey Taylor)
  • Michael Lerner (Jack Lipnick)
  • John Mahoney (W.P. Mayhew)
  • Jon Polito (Lou Breeze)
  • Steve Buscemi (Chet)
  • David Warrilow (Garland Stanford)
  • Richard Portnow (Detective Mastrionotti)
  • Christopher Murney (Detective Deutsch)
  • I.M. Hobson (Derek)
  • Harry Bugin (Pete)
  • Lance Davis (Richard St. Claire)
  • Joel Coen (Director)