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Kansas City (1996)

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64

Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 4

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The jazz world of 1930s Kansas City serves as the backdrop for an offbeat story of kidnapping, political corruption, and organized crime in director Robert Altman's loving but unsentimental look at his childhood hometown. The film's intricate story is triggered by petty thief Johnny O'Hara (Dermot Mulroney), who aims for a big score by trying to rob notorious crime boss Seldom Seen (Harry Belafonte), only to end up Seen's captive. In fear for her husband's life, Johnny's wife Blondie (Jennifer

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Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Robert Altman, Frank Barhydt

Feb 15, 2005

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All Critics (46) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (13) | DVD (4)

Altman loves to explode movie genres, and his script, co-written with Frank Barhydt, fuses the classic '30s screwball comedy and crime film.

January 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Newsweek
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It could never for an instant be mistaken for anything but a Robert Altman film, and that counts for a lot.

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Let's just say that if you find it arbitrary and more an expression of Altman's feelings about class than the outcome of his story, then we are in agreement.

January 1, 2000
Houston Chronicle
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[It] has its own brawling vitality.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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All of the characters act as if somebody might come along someday and make a movie about them. And Altman, who made the movie, gets his chance to sit in at last on one of those cutting sessions.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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A minor Altman work that can't bridge the gap between larger issues--inequality, American politics--and intimate narrative about two women, well played by Jennifer Jason Leigh and Miranda Richardson.

September 21, 2007 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Comment (1)
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Robert Altman brings us an effective, if minor, crime film filled with the jazz sounds of Count Basie and Lester Young.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Altman looks back at his hometown in an unsentimental, hard-nosed way.

February 4, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Altman gets so caught up in the jazz music that he forgets to concentrate on the story

April 23, 2004
Lawrence Journal-World

Robert Altman having fun, and it features a performance by Jennifer Jason Leigh that has to be seen to be believed.

January 29, 2003
KFOR Channel 4 News

Another spunky film in a series of Robert Altman portraits of the failure of the American Dream.

August 27, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

The film moves with the slowness of an opium daze, and it transmits its plot information with the incremental dit-dot-dash of a wire message.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Although the movie contains occasional moments of glimpsed accomplishment, Kansas City is for the most part a lame duck.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Robert Altman is perhaps the most unreliable of the great directors.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

Altman tries to make this really dull, boring, and simple story into something that is unique, exciting, and intricate -- all of which he fails at miserably

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Yet another mixed bag o' tricks from director Robert Altman.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Cinematter
Cinematter

It's rich with period detail, moody jazz, interesting characters and Altman's typically ambitious scope.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

It's an unusual film, one that doesn't lay out every turn before you get there, and for the most part it doesn't simplify its characters or the questions they raise.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Philadelphia City Paper
Philadelphia City Paper

This is the most intriguing Altman film in quite a while.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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Audience Reviews for Kansas City

boring, but interesting and decently made... also just my opinion but Jennifer Jason Leigh makes Dane Cook seem oscar worthy (seriously).
March 16, 2009
LoughnerWasLucid

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This is Belafonte's movie. Someone with so much music in his soul being able to play so chillingly souless a character. Amazing performance.
April 29, 2006
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