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2,147 Ratings

Hail, Caesar!

Directed by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
United States, United Kingdom, 2016
Comedy, Mystery


Hail Caesar! follows a day in the life of Eddie Mannix, a Hollywood fixer for Capitol Pictures in the 1950s, who cleans up and solves problems for big names and stars in the industry. But when studio star Baird Whitlock disappears, Mannix has to deal with more than just the fix.

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Hail, Caesar! Directed by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2017 | Nominee: Best Achievement in Production Design

Village Voice Film Poll

2016 | Nominee: Best Supporting Actor

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2016 | Nominee: Best Supporting Actor

National Board of Review

2016 | Winner: Top Ten Films

Watch it again. As with every Joel and Ethan Coen picture, there’s a lot more going on here than wacky comedy and Hollywood hijinks — chiefly many questions about spirituality, politics and movie making (watch Jesus on the cross ask if he’s a principle or an extra, consider the godhead, what about Das Kapital “with a K”… )
December 31, 2016
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Each adventure suggests a portal into another world, culminating with a quotation of a shlock Bible movie that mirrors the concerns of Hail, Caesar! The film reveals itself to be a religious quandary, then, like the Coens’ A Serious Man, except directed toward cinema—an art built on exploitation and hypocrisy that offers illusion as personal salvation while affirming an enslaving status quo.
June 20, 2016
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Hail is a comedy of stasis in which a new, sunnier Coenian cynicism rules. Mannix reaffirms his belief in the system (the studio system, that is) and restores its functioning order. All is for the best in this best of all possible make-believe worlds. Yet the Coens’ vision may not be as witheringly post-ideological as it first appears; the possibility of a Pauline conversion or a Spartacist slave revolt lingers after the movie ends.
April 19, 2016
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What are people saying?

  • El Biffo's rating of the film Hail, Caesar!

    It's a satire and it's a glorious tribute to mid-century Hollywood - the musicals (great choreography and synchronized swimming!), the Philip Marlowe/Noir, the westerns and the epics. And it's a Coen Bros. comedy. The all-star cast delivers plenty of yucks, but it is Alden Ehrenreich who carries the show. 3.6 stars.

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Hail, Caesar!

    Sometimes I think the Coen bros alternate tight, "serious" films with loose, "fun" ones out of boredom, or to keep us on our toes. But this cartoon jaunt through 50s Hollywood is not quite as light as you've probably heard...loaded with -isms and symbols, it tackles how Hollywood created a simpler version of chaotic reality. Was that a good or bad thing? The Coens are coy. But HC is fun & thoughtful, and both count.

  • Drew Kelly's rating of the film Hail, Caesar!

    A story of Mannix's quest to do what's right for himself: continue managing the circus that is the Golden Age of Hollywood from behind the scenes, or leave for a high-paying future-ensuring job. A search for his right, for his God. Ultimately, a love letter to movies themselves, their kookery and magic--sometimes frivolous, sometimes more real than anything else.

  • Huey McEvoy's rating of the film Hail, Caesar!

    A footstomping Technicolor satire poking a razor-sharp stick at Hollywood's soft belly, featuring a cavalcade of today's stars indulging their wildest Busby Berkeley / Cecil B. DeMille fantasies... is what this *could* have been, were it not for the odd sensation that all involved gave up trying half way through. Some fantastic moments, but both script and editing ultimately let it down. Would that it were so simple.

  • Dave's rating of the film Hail, Caesar!

    Middle of the road Coen brothers, IMO, but that still means a good measure ahead of other filmmakers. The interaction between Ehrenreich and Fiennes shined through as the funniest/best parts of the film.

  • Rafael Zen's rating of the film Hail, Caesar!

    Although its great musical scenes (the bar one and the swimming one are trully vintage), Hail Caesar lacks punch. It is very funny sometimes, with all the stereotypes parading through the screen, but it seems lost on its message. Criticizing Hollywood, this one is more like a Hollywood hit than a true statement.

  • HenriqueA's rating of the film Hail, Caesar!

    What is it? A "Top Secret" type parody? A critical homage to classic Hollywood? Political satire? Well, the Coens are good at all that, but they didn't even try to make it cohesive, you just go "look, that famous actor" and on to the next cameo. Brolin was a great backbone. Swinton, Clooney, Ehrenreich, Fienes and The Future were all we needed for it to work. But who the fuck am I to tell these guys what to do?

  • smndvdcl's rating of the film Hail, Caesar!

    Whilst some sequences are a wonderful homage alluding to Studio System era and Hollywood's behind-the-scenes production processes, it lacks the acerbic edge of the Coens' previous screwball comedies, despite its post-modern acumen and attempts to deconstruct political agendas of the times. Quite the all-star ensemble, and an enjoyable cinematic experience all the same. Neither a classic nor a dud. 2.5

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