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High Fidelity (2000)

High Fidelity (2000)

High Fidelity



Critic Consensus: The deft hand of director Stephen Frears and strong performances by the ensemble cast combine to tell an entertaining story with a rock-solid soundtrack.

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In a biting romantic comedy, Rob Gordon is the owner of a semi-failing record store in Chicago, where he sells music the old-fashioned way -- on vinyl. He's a self-professed music junkie who spends his days at Championship Vinyl with his two employees, Dick and Barry. Although they have an encyclopedic knowledge of pop music and are consumed with the music scene, it's of no help to Rob, whose needle skips the love groove when his long-time girlfriend, Laura, walks out on him. As he examines his failed attempts at romance and happiness, the process finds him being dragged, kicking and screaming, into adulthood.more
Rating: R (for language and some sexuality)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Scott Rosenberg, D.V. De Vincentis, D.V. DeVincentis, Steve Pink, John Cusack
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 19, 2000
Buena Vista


John Cusack
as Rob Gordon
Lisa Bonet
as Marie De Salle
Ben Carr
as Justin
Shannon Stillo
as Alison Jr. High
Drake Bell
as Rob Jr. High
Laura Whyte
as Laura's Mom
Rich Talarico
as Barry's Customer
Matt O'Neill
as Beta Band Customer
Brian Powell
as Middle Aged Customer
Jill Peterson
as Laura's Sister Jo
Dick Cusack
as Minister
Susan Yoo
as 19-year-old Girl
K.K. Dodds
as Miranda
Marilyn Dodds Frank
as Alison's Mom
Duke Doyle
as Kevin Bannister
Aaron Himelstein
as Boy in Park
Jonathan Herrington
as Chris Thompson
Leah Gale
as Mourner
David Darlow
as Mourner
Alan S. Johnson
as Man In Store
Ian Belknap
as Party Guest
Andrew Micheli
as Party Guest
Michele Graff
as Party Guest
Susie Cusack
as Party Guest
Liam Hayes
as Piano Player
Damian Rogers
as Greenday Girl
Joe Spaulding
as Flea Market Musician
Scott A. Martin
as Bartender
Heather Norris
as Laura's Friend
Marc Busey
as Club Kid
Beverly D'Angelo
as Too Tan Woman
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Critic Reviews for High Fidelity

All Critics (166) | Top Critics (45)

High Fidelity, with its knowing take on men, messed-up romance and music, is like one long, hook-filled pop song for the eyes.

Full Review… | February 10, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 10, 2014
AV Club
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 10, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

Cusack has ineffable charm, but he keeps it tuned at the lowest possible frequency.

Full Review… | February 10, 2014
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 10, 2014
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

It's not perfect, but boy, is it ever accurate and insightful.

Full Review… | April 7, 2015
Antagony & Ecstasy

Audience Reviews for High Fidelity



Super Reviewer

Top one reason to watch it: You've no better option.

familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

I think I'm the only one who felt this movie was boring and uninteresting.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

High Fidelity Quotes

Laura: In fact, I hope we're not in love anymore, to be honest. It would give me a better opinion of love right now.
Rob Gordon: Come on! What, did I beat you? Did I tell you you were a bad person? I mean, what the fuck? What should I have done to make you happy?
Laura: Nothing. Make yourself happy.
Rob Gordon: Oh, I see. Um, wh-why am I not happy?
Laura: Because you're the same person you used to be.. and I'm not.
– Submitted by Joakim A (2 years ago)
Rob Gordon: ...I agreed that what really matters is what you like, not what you are like... Books, records, films - these things matter. Call me shallow but it's the fuckin' truth, and by this measure I was having one of the best dates of my life.
– Submitted by Maria Y (3 years ago)
Barry: Oh, that's not obvious enough Rob. How about the Beatles? Or fucking... fucking Beethoven? Side one, Track one of the Fifth Symphony... How can someone with no interest in music own a record store?
– Submitted by Maria Y (3 years ago)
Rob Gordon: I'm tired of the fantasy, because it doesn't really exist. And there are never really any surprises, and it never really...
Laura: Delivers?
Rob Gordon: Delivers. And I'm tired of it. And I'm tired of everything else for that matter. But I don't ever seem to get tired of you, so...
– Submitted by Maria Y (3 years ago)

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