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Singles (1992)

tomatometer

80

Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 49
Fresh: 39 | Rotten: 10

Smart, funny, and engagingly scruffy, Singles is a clear-eyed look at modern romance that doubles as a credible grunge-era time capsule.

87

Average Rating: 7.5/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 2

Smart, funny, and engagingly scruffy, Singles is a clear-eyed look at modern romance that doubles as a credible grunge-era time capsule.

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Average Rating: 3.4/5
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Movie Info

Set amidst the burgeoning Seattle alternative music scene of the early '90s, Singles follows a group of twentysomethings as they try to find love and try to come to terms with their passage into adulthood. Arranged as an episodic comedy, the film follows a group of friends who live in the same apartment building and hang out at the same coffee shop. The central couple is Steve Dunne (Campbell Scott) and Linda Powell (Kyra Sedgwick), a pair who meet at an Alice In Chains concert and eventually

PG-13,

Drama, Romance, Comedy

Cameron Crowe

Feb 23, 1999

Warner Home Video

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All Critics (49) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (39) | Rotten (10) | DVD (9)

This is one happy-ending romance that doesn't feel forced. You can't help getting into the spirit of it.

May 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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This is romantic comedy of the wispiest kind, but the picture is generous, graceful, and consistently funny.

May 19, 2014 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker
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There's a genial untidiness about Singles, but it's unified by Crowe's affection for his characters, and by the terrific Paul Westerberg music track, which plays like a pulse-beat to these people's lives.

May 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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There is something new here, and very fresh.

May 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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Crowe doesn't add much to the general discussion, but he's assembled an attractive cast and seems to have a genuine affection for the young people on the screen.

May 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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Crowe's movie is like a great record album: the songs connect, and the people connect, too.

May 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Infernally precious.

May 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

Crowe's script relies for humor on such puerile notions as the supposed similarity between the words Spam and sperm, and such dullard's epigrams as "It's better to be the dumper than the dumpee."

May 19, 2014 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

Crowe's greatest strength is the way he focuses on those smaller moments in life that are rarely reflected in movies.

May 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

No matter your age, you will warm to the young men and women in Singles who are striving to find their balance in the pleasant ambiance of Seattle.

May 19, 2014 Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Nobody's saying it's perfect, but it is hugely entertaining, a warm-yet-honest look at sex, love and relationships set against the growth of Seattle's grunge scene.

August 20, 2010 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

The film is stirred with humour and affection while achieving a pleasing blend of the city's café and grunge cultures.

August 20, 2010 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Funny and well-observed and, most notably, plays to its audience's intelligence rather than its libido.

August 20, 2010 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Crowe has created a smart, rumpled world where real people relate to each other about real feelings, using real words.

October 31, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Watch for endless cameos and stars who would later go on to much higher heights.

January 29, 2004 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Excellent romantic comedy except for the Bridget Fonda/Matt Dillon resolution. HE DOESN'T DESERVE HER!!!

August 13, 2003
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Audience Reviews for Singles

Good movie.
January 3, 2014
Raajay

Super Reviewer

I caught this on TV one day a long time ago, I thought it was pretty boring. I only watched it for the cameo from Tim Burton, which was cool, but the rest of the movie wasn't anything special. Overall, it's okay.
May 10, 2011
ajv2688

Super Reviewer

The story of a circle of friends in Seattle during the grunge era of the early 90s and their adventures with dating, work and friendship. Sure, the look is somewhat dated and one has to wonder how people ever thought such clothes looked good on them. The soundtrack, on the other hand, is still one of the finest ever, with timeless bands like Pearl Jam, Alice in chains and Soundgarden appearing in guest roles in this film that grasps the feeling of that time so perfectly while saying a lot of timeless truths about the relationships between men and women. The acting is great, the dialoges funny and true, the characters real and likable. Cameron Crowe soon after directed in a higher league but already showed his talent here. A movie like a comfortable old blanket you still love after all these years.
October 25, 2010
ironclad1609

Super Reviewer

Love this movie, so funny and could really relate to it when I first saw it. Not sure if a younger person watching it now would like it as much. Maybe one for GenX.
October 25, 2009
romy861

Super Reviewer

    1. Steve Dunne: My dad left home when I was eight. You know what he said to me? 'Have fun, stay single.' I was EIGHT.
    – Submitted by David E (21 months ago)
    1. Cliff Poncier: [after Janet fakes a sneeze to get his attention] Hey, babe? Don't get me sick; I'm playing this weekend.
    – Submitted by David E (21 months ago)
    1. Debbie Hunt: Desperation - it's the world's worst cologne.
    – Submitted by David E (21 months ago)
    1. Cliff Poncier: You know Janet, I see other people, right?
    – Submitted by Michael C (2 years ago)
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