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High Fidelity Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
April 7, 2015
It's not perfect, but boy, is it ever accurate and insightful.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 10, 2014
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
Peter Bradshaw
February 10, 2014
It is still a bit wimpy and sugary, but it's definitely entertaining, and the translation to American accelerates the tempo refreshingly.
Philip French
Observer [UK]
February 10, 2014
High Fidelity is an extraordinarily funny film, full of verbal and visual wit. And it is assembled with immense skill.

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.
Margaret Pomeranz
February 10, 2014
As a film about males it`s amazingly insightful for women. The soundtrack`s another great plus. I just adored this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
February 10, 2014
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.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
February 10, 2014
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.

Total Film
February 10, 2014
You'll laugh, you'll cringe in recognition, you'll go home and start recording a new tape.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Manohla Dargis
L.A. Weekly
February 10, 2014
Cusack has ineffable charm, but he keeps it tuned at the lowest possible frequency.
David Parkinson
Radio Times
February 10, 2014
This slickly scripted, knowingly played and cameo-strewn comedy stands on its merits as an Alfie for the millennial generation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Leah Rozen
People Magazine
February 10, 2014
A hip, knowing look at how certain young men put off growing up until they are finally too miserable to postpone it any longer.
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
February 10, 2014
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.
Mike Goodridge
Screen International
February 10, 2014
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.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
February 10, 2014
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.
Ann Hornaday
Baltimore Sun
February 10, 2014
The result is a romantic comedy that transcends its genre to become the giddy cinematic anthem of an era.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
September 13, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
August 7, 2012
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 | Original Score: 7/10
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
October 11, 2011
Easily makes it onto my top 5 John Cusack movies list.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 24, 2010
Funny, neurotic, and charming, but not for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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