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Raising Arizona Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 38

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    What Raising Arizona needs more than anything else is more velocity. Here's a movie that stretches out every moment for more than it's worth, until even the moments of inspiration seem forced.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune

    Quickly and fatally, the overlooked form peels away from the slight, frail content, and the film starts to look like an episode of "Hee Haw" directed by an amphetamine-crazed Orson Welles. [20 March 1987]

  • 50

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Julie Salamon

    These fraternal film makers have a lot of imagination and sense of fun - and, most of all, a terrific sense of how to manipulate imagery... But sometimes they seem to be getting too big a kick out of their own shenanigans. By the end, the fun feels a little forced. [26 Mar 1987, p.34(E)]

  • 70

    out of 100

    The New Yorker Pauline Kael

    Raising Arizona is no big deal, but it has a rambunctious charm. The sunsets look marvelously ultra-vivid, the pain doesn't seem to be dry – it's like opening day of a miniature golf course. [20 Apr 1987, p.81]

  • 90

    out of 100

    Time Richard Corliss

    To their old fascination with Sunbelt pathology, to their side-winding Steadicam and pristine command of screen space, the Coens have added a robust humor, a plot that keeps outwitting expectations and a surprising dollop of sympathy for their forlorn kidnapers. [23 March 1987]

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 14+

A hysterically twisted film. Mature teens only.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the main characters in this movie are kidnappers and convicts. A kidnapped baby is and taken into perilous situations throughout, such as car chases, bank robberies, gunfights and the like. One character is a bounty hunter of sorts who blows up a rabbit with a hand grenade for fun. Nothing is terribly graphic in the movie, and it is all played for comedic value.

  • Families can talk about what makes this movie funny. Kidnappings and bounty-hunters aren't usually treated so lightly -- why are they funny here? Can you think of other movies that make light of usually serious subject matter? Where do you draw the line between offbeat and truly tasteless territory?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: The main characters are criminals, but it's a farce and not meant to be taken seriously.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Slapstick, cartoonish fighting.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Not an issue

  • language false3

    Language: Some profanity, but nothing overt.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Brief social drinking.