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High Fidelity Reviews

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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 Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 10, 2014
Peter Bradshaw

It is still a bit wimpy and sugary, but it's definitely entertaining, and the translation to American accelerates the tempo refreshingly.

Full Review Source: Guardian

February 10, 2014
Philip French
Observer [UK]

High Fidelity is an extraordinarily funny film, full of verbal and visual wit. And it is assembled with immense skill.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

February 10, 2014


Black is terrific as the obnoxious Barry, who abuses customers ignorant enough to come in and ask for 'I Just Called To Say I Love You', while Louiso is almost as good as the mousy but equally snobbish Dick.

Full Review Source: Film4

February 10, 2014
Margaret Pomeranz

As a film about males it`s amazingly insightful for women. The soundtrack`s another great plus. I just adored this film.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 5/5

February 10, 2014
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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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 Source: AV Club

February 10, 2014
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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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 Source: New Yorker

February 10, 2014

Total Film

You'll laugh, you'll cringe in recognition, you'll go home and start recording a new tape.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 4/5

February 10, 2014
Manohla Dargis
L.A. Weekly
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Cusack has ineffable charm, but he keeps it tuned at the lowest possible frequency.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

February 10, 2014
David Parkinson
Radio Times

This slickly scripted, knowingly played and cameo-strewn comedy stands on its merits as an Alfie for the millennial generation.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 4/5

February 10, 2014
Leah Rozen
People Magazine

A hip, knowing look at how certain young men put off growing up until they are finally too miserable to postpone it any longer.

Full Review Source: People Magazine

February 10, 2014
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

The virtues of High Fidelity are that Rob owns up to his obvious shortcomings, and that Cusack's performance has a self-deprecating edge that muffles the pops and scratches of Rob's personality.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News

February 10, 2014
Mike Goodridge
Screen International

Speaking to camera for much of the running time, Cusack creates an engaging portrait in male insecurity and selfishness as flawed record shop owner Rob Gordon.

Full Review Source: Screen International

February 10, 2014
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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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 Source: Wall Street Journal

February 10, 2014
Ann Hornaday
Baltimore Sun

The result is a romantic comedy that transcends its genre to become the giddy cinematic anthem of an era.

Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 10, 2014
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

It's Jack Black who started scoring more film work based on his turn; he's hilarious as a record-store slob who's so contemptuous of the customers that he would just as soon chase them off as listen to their opinions and requests.

Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 13, 2012
James Plath
Movie Metropolis

While the second half is a pleasure, it's the first half that's less impressive. I've seen this deadpan narrator with the bottled-up angst so many times that I looked to the lines and the minor characters to see me through.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 7/10

August 7, 2012
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

Easily makes it onto my top 5 John Cusack movies list.

Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs | Original Score: 4/4

October 11, 2011
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Funny, neurotic, and charming, but not for kids.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

December 24, 2010
Nick Rogers

In his best Zeroes performance, John Cusack traced Rob's realizations and reconciliations with resonant thoughtfulness and wit - the worst-case scenario of Lloyd Dobler after Diane Court was done with him, resigned to life as an old, sad bastard.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/4

September 24, 2010
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