Altman loves to explode movie genres, and his script, co-written with Frank Barhydt, fuses the classic '30s screwball comedy and crime film.
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.
| Original Score: C+
Robert Altman brings us an effective, if minor, crime film filled with the jazz sounds of Count Basie and Lester Young.
| Original Score: 3/4
Altman looks back at his hometown in an unsentimental, hard-nosed way.
| Original Score: B
Altman gets so caught up in the jazz music that he forgets to concentrate on the story
| Original Score: 2/5
Robert Altman having fun, and it features a performance by Jennifer Jason Leigh that has to be seen to be believed.
| Original Score: 3/5
Another spunky film in a series of Robert Altman portraits of the failure of the American Dream.
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
It could never for an instant be mistaken for anything but a Robert Altman film, and that counts for a lot.
Although the movie contains occasional moments of glimpsed accomplishment, Kansas City is for the most part a lame duck.
Robert Altman is perhaps the most unreliable of the great directors.
| Original Score: 0.5/4
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
| Original Score: 2/5
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.
Would someone throw a net over Jennifer Jason Leigh? She's at it again.
| Original Score: 2/4
Yet another mixed bag o' tricks from director Robert Altman.
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
It's rich with period detail, moody jazz, interesting characters and Altman's typically ambitious scope.
| Original Score: B-
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.
This is the most intriguing Altman film in quite a while.
| Original Score: 6/8