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.

Movie Info

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 … 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


as Rob Gordon

as Laura

as Marie De Salle

as Sarah

as Anaugh

as Justin

as Alison Jr. High

as Rob Jr. High

as Laura's Mom

as Barry's Customer

as Beta Band Customer

as Middle Aged Customer

as Rob's Mom

as Laura's Sister Jo

as Minister

as 19-year-old Girl

as Miranda

as Alison's Mom

as Kevin Bannister

as Boy in Park

as Chris Thompson

as Mourner

as Mourner

as Man In Store

as Party Guest

as Party Guest

as Party Guest

as Party Guest

as Piano Player

as Greenday Girl

as Flea Market Musician

as Bartender

as Laura's Friend

as Club Kid

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

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


One of my favorite movies ever. And not just because these characters (especially Rob Gordon) are basically like me. This movie just really nails the culture of obsessive dorks, especially those into music.

Based on a novel, this is a fun, witty, and excellent romantic dramedy.

Rob Gordon is a 30-something record store owner and feverish music collector who, after a bad break up, decides to go through his past relationships to figure out what went wrong, and how to improve his chances in the future.

Along the way he has to deal with his two equally obsessive and nutty employees, and learn to balance his youthful passions with the realities of having to be a responsible adult.

Like I said, I can relate to this movie. A lot. I'm not exactly like Rob, but I do share some of his quirks, tendencies, and general outlook on life. Our tastes in music are similar, too, but not quite the same. I would definitely say I'm somewhat of a snob (unfortunately), but more so with films than music.

John Cusack is perfect here, and this is easily his best and most likable character. He really nails the obsessive music fanatic trying to reassess his place in the world. As his employees Dick and Barry, Todd Louiso and Jack Black (especially Black) are likewise quite awesome, and a blast to watch. They too nail the character type, and provide for many of the film's biggest laughs.

Then newcomer Iben Hjejle is quite fine as Rob's most recent ex Laura, and I'm kinda bummed out that she hasn't really done anything since. Another of Rob's former flames is played by Catherine Zeta Jones, and she is a delight. Then there's Tim Robbins as a nutty yuppie/Rob's former neighbor/Laura's new flame. He's perfectly smarmy and really excels at making you dislike him.

The writing is quite strong, but not perfect. If you want a strong plot, then go somewhere else. This one's pretty light on narrative, and, while it's not the deepest film ever, it does still have some substance to it. For the most part, the film is fairly down to Earth and realistic, and that's both a good and bad thing. I mean, especially if you can relate, then some of this might be a bit uncomfortable to watch. But, it does at least end in a fairly satisfactory way.

All in all, though, this film rocks. As I said, it's a favorite of mine, so I am biased, but still, you should definitely check this out.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

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