High Fidelity 2000

Critics score:
91 / 100

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Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune: High Fidelity easily cracks the top five list of reasons to go to the movies these days. Read more

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times: High Fidelity is a sharp and satisfying romantic comedy about the difficulty of commitment that utilizes Stephen Frears' incisive direction and some very knowing and sophisticated writing to give actor Cusack one of the best roles of his career. Read more

Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel: With his passive presence and nervous eyes, Louiso is quietly hilarious. And Black, whose character is both arrogant and bombastic, is even funnier. Read more

Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer: High Fidelity, with its knowing take on men, messed-up romance and music, is like one long, hook-filled pop song for the eyes. Read more

Bob Thomas, Associated Press: Stephen Frears ... seems on unsteady ground converting an essentially British story (the novel was set in London) to the American idiom. Read more

John Hartl, Seattle Times: Cusack works especially well with the unknowns in the cast, while Frears creates an ensemble that complements Cusack's more flamboyant moments. Read more

Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine: Something that we can all laugh at -- sometimes raucously, sometimes tenderly, often ruefully. Read more

Susan Stark, Detroit News: The insistent verbal nonsense among them wears thin very fast for folks who don't keep their vinyl collection in plastic sleeves. Absolutely, this is a romantic comedy that preaches to the converted. Read more

Philip Wuntch, Dallas Morning News: The film is superbly acted. Read more

Stephen Holden, New York Times: The movie is sparked by more than half a dozen incisive performances. Read more

Lou Lumenick, New York Post: The quirky High Fidelity really deserves being called the first must-see movie of the century. Read more

Andrew Sarris, New York Observer: Mr. Frears has managed for the most part to retain the velocity of the narrative without sacrificing the psychological coherence of the characters. Read more

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal: As for Mr. Cusack, there's nothing potential about his stardom any more. He's the self-doubting, self-flagellating, self-ironic soul of "High Fidelity," and he's great. Read more

Peter Howell, Toronto Star: Brilliant screen adaptation. Read more

Steve Murray, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: As smart as it is enjoyable. Read more

Nathan Rabin, AV Club: A film pragmatic enough to concede that almost every relationship is doomed, but romantic enough to realize that it's worth it to carry on in spite of that fact, High Fidelity is one of the smartest and funniest romantic comedies of the past few years. Read more

Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader: If you can put up with all the archness and self-consciousness--there's quite a bit of both--this is an enjoyable romantic comedy. Read more

Louis B. Parks, Houston Chronicle: [The script] is constantly scathing and comically cynical without ever turning really ugly or bitter. Read more

Steven Rosen, Denver Post: It's got great music -- and great music trivia -- but a shaky soul. Read more

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly: A cute, quaint, at times rather silly movie that displays a genuine affection for the rebel-nerd scholasticism of record-store junkies. Read more

Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail: A funny, perceptive movie about pop music, a man's confused passions for records and women, and the lure of perpetual teenagehood. Read more

Manohla Dargis, L.A. Weekly: Cusack has ineffable charm, but he keeps it tuned at the lowest possible frequency. Read more

David Ansen, Newsweek: Cusack is a master at playing smart, frazzled, self-flagellating hipsters, and the movie, propelled by his arias of angst, lets him strut his best stuff. Read more

Anthony Lane, New Yorker: When happiness does arrive in this movie, it has the air not of something that you reach, like your top speed, but of something that you give in to, like baldness or old age. Read more

Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture: It's a sweet, raffish entertainment, blessedly free of baloney. Read more

Jami Bernard, New York Daily News: There are a lot of wonderful supporting roles here, but the actor who'll get the most mileage is Jack Black in a career-setting turn as an obnoxious slacker. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: Stands out as a 'small' motion picture that deserves wide exposure. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: Movies this wry and likable hardly ever get made. Read more

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone: You're still smiling when the film is over. Read more

Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com: Every single actor here rises to the occasion. Read more

Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle: Romantic sorrow -- and the self-reflexive dramas it inspires -- have rarely been this funny. Read more

David Edelstein, Slate: There's a lot to enjoy in High Fidelity. Read more

Derek Adams, Time Out: I enjoyed the film - twice! I related! Read more

Joe Leydon, Variety: Trenchantly witty and acutely insightful script. Read more

Amy Taubin, Village Voice: A Woody Allen film for youngish white males who fetishize rock music and its many memorabilia and have commitment problems when flesh-and-blood women. Read more

Rita Kempley, Washington Post: Why not give it a spin? Read more

Desson Thomson, Washington Post: I enjoyed myself immensely. Read more