Kansas City (1996)

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"Kansas City" is a panoramic melodrama about politics, race, crime, and the movies, made in a "jazz" style that matches the film's musical milieu.

Rating: R (for language, and for some violence and drug use)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Altman, Frank Barhydt
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 15, 2005
Runtime:
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as Lester Young

as Johnny Flynn

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as Nettie Bolt

as Addie Parker

as Charlie Parker

as Pearl Cummings

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Critic Reviews for Kansas City

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (16)

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

Full Review… | January 18, 2013
Newsweek
Top Critic

It could never for an instant be mistaken for anything but a Robert Altman film, and that counts for a lot.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

Would someone throw a net over Jennifer Jason Leigh? She's at it again.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

A sadly ordinary motion picture, and, in less sure hands, it might have been something of an unfortunate mess. Even with Altman at the helm, however, it manages to be singularly unremarkable.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
ReelViews
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for Kansas City

½

"Kansas City" is an extremely slight film in Robert Altman's filmography. I was surprised that Altman forgets the basic ingredients that are so important to making film noir work. The biggest sin "Kansas City" commits is that the film is never nasty. A good film noir should always make you feel uncomfortable. Altman understood this in "The Long Goodbye," but for some reason it's obviously absent from "Kansas City." Moreover, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Miranda Richardson are sorely miscast, making the pedestrian proceedings even more uninteresting. "Kansas City" could have been a great film if Altman had dared to take more interesting choices, something that effects all of his late 90s works. As it stands, this is just aggressively mediocre.

stevenecarrier
Steven Carrier

Super Reviewer

½

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

LoughnerWasLucid
Coxxie Mild Sauce

Super Reviewer

½

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

binky013
Lanning : )

Super Reviewer

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