For your consideration - Ranking the Coens.
Primary - The Tier of Timeless Transcendent Brilliance
“Can you tell a story? Can you make us laugh? Can you make us cry? Can you make us want to break out in joyous song? Is that more than one thing? Okay!”
Near Orbit - Simply Brilliant
“I don’t pretend to be a critic, but lord knows I have a gut, and my gut tells me it’s simply marvelous.”
Third Orbit - Marvelously Great
“Bill! You’re the finest novelist of our time.”
Tertiary Works - Fair to Middling.
“Barring a preference we’re going to put you on a wrestling picture.”
Not Good (maybe even Bad)
“You think I made your life hell? Take a look around this dump. You’re just a tourist with a typewriter.”
I invite other to list their own ranks, as well as comment on , concur with , refute or mock this listing, as they so desire.