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High Fidelity Reviews

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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
February 5, 2008
If you can put up with all the archness and self-consciousness--there's quite a bit of both--this is an enjoyable romantic comedy.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 27, 2007
Mr. Frears has managed for the most part to retain the velocity of the narrative without sacrificing the psychological coherence of the characters.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
I enjoyed the film - twice! I related!
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
March 19, 2002
A funny, perceptive movie about pop music, a man's confused passions for records and women, and the lure of perpetual teenagehood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 10, 2001
You're still smiling when the film is over.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
March 6, 2001
Created a doggedly faithful adaptation of Nick Hornby's cult-fave novel.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
March 6, 2001
Cusack makes High Fidelity seem less self-indulgent than it is: It's impossible to imagine the movie without him.
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David Ansen
Newsweek
March 6, 2001
Cusack is a master at playing smart, frazzled, self-flagellating hipsters, and the movie, propelled by his arias of angst, lets him strut his best stuff.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
March 6, 2001
Why not give it a spin?
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
March 6, 2001
It's hard to remember the last time guys were nailed so perceptively and dragged into adulthood so warmly and entertainingly.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
March 6, 2001
The cast has been put together like a good band.
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Louis B. Parks
Houston Chronicle
March 6, 2001
[The script] is constantly scathing and comically cynical without ever turning really ugly or bitter.
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
March 6, 2001
The film is superbly acted.
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
March 6, 2001
There are a lot of wonderful supporting roles here, but the actor who'll get the most mileage is Jack Black in a career-setting turn as an obnoxious slacker.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
March 6, 2001
Cusack works especially well with the unknowns in the cast, while Frears creates an ensemble that complements Cusack's more flamboyant moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
March 6, 2001
With his passive presence and nervous eyes, Louiso is quietly hilarious. And Black, whose character is both arrogant and bombastic, is even funnier.
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Bob Thomas
Associated Press
March 6, 2001
Stephen Frears ... seems on unsteady ground converting an essentially British story (the novel was set in London) to the American idiom.
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
March 6, 2001
It's got great music -- and great music trivia -- but a shaky soul.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
High Fidelity is a sharp and satisfying romantic comedy about the difficulty of commitment that utilizes Stephen Frears' incisive direction and some very knowing and sophisticated writing to give actor Cusack one of the best roles of his career.
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Joe Leydon
Variety
February 14, 2001
Trenchantly witty and acutely insightful script.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
A cute, quaint, at times rather silly movie that displays a genuine affection for the rebel-nerd scholasticism of record-store junkies.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Movies this wry and likable hardly ever get made.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
The insistent verbal nonsense among them wears thin very fast for folks who don't keep their vinyl collection in plastic sleeves. Absolutely, this is a romantic comedy that preaches to the converted.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
Every single actor here rises to the occasion.
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January 1, 2000
The British hero of Nick Hornby's novel, on which this movie is based, certainly does not scream out 'John Cusack.' And yet once you see him, you can't think of anyone who'd do it better.
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 1, 2000
It's a sweet, raffish entertainment, blessedly free of baloney.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
January 1, 2000
Brilliant screen adaptation.
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January 1, 2000
There's a lot to enjoy in High Fidelity.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 1, 2000
The movie is sparked by more than half a dozen incisive performances.
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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 1, 2000
As smart as it is enjoyable.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Romantic sorrow -- and the self-reflexive dramas it inspires -- have rarely been this funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
January 1, 2000
There's not much to convince you that High Fidelity isn't a vanity production with some good tunes.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
January 1, 2000
The quirky High Fidelity really deserves being called the first must-see movie of the century.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
January 1, 2000
Something that we can all laugh at -- sometimes raucously, sometimes tenderly, often ruefully.
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Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today
January 1, 2000
Isn't all that romantic and is only half as funny as it thinks it is.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Amy Taubin
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
A Woody Allen film for youngish white males who fetishize rock music and its many memorabilia and have commitment problems when flesh-and-blood women.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Stands out as a 'small' motion picture that deserves wide exposure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Keogh
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Had High Fidelity been a glorified one-act set in Rob's store, with a wealth of banter among these assorted losers to keep us laughing, it would still be a fine film. Lucky for us, there is so much more.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
I enjoyed myself immensely.
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
High Fidelity easily cracks the top five list of reasons to go to the movies these days.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4