Kansas City Reviews

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Jack Kroll
Newsweek
January 18, 2013
Altman loves to explode movie genres, and his script, co-written with Frank Barhydt, fuses the classic '30s screwball comedy and crime film.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
September 21, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Leonard Schwarz
Palo Alto Weekly
July 15, 2006
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Robert Altman brings us an effective, if minor, crime film filled with the jazz sounds of Count Basie and Lester Young.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 4, 2006
Altman looks back at his hometown in an unsentimental, hard-nosed way.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 27, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Blake Davis
KFOR Channel 4 News
January 29, 2003
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 24, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
September 6, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 27, 2002
Another spunky film in a series of Robert Altman portraits of the failure of the American Dream.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
It could never for an instant be mistaken for anything but a Robert Altman film, and that counts for a lot.
Scott Renshaw
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
I only hope audiences are willing to trust Altman the risk-taker as long as it takes.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
This is the most intriguing Altman film in quite a while.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/8
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 1, 2000
[It] has its own brawling vitality.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: 3/4

E! Online
January 1, 2000
It's rich with period detail, moody jazz, interesting characters and Altman's typically ambitious scope.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
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.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Although the movie contains occasional moments of glimpsed accomplishment, Kansas City is for the most part a lame duck.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
Music fans can bask in the tunes that continue to play out when the action gets sluggish.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
March 26, 2009
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Dan Jardine
TheFilmJournal.com (Ohio)
August 18, 2004
Rick J. Thompson
Senses of Cinema
October 6, 2003
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
January 1, 2000
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Washington Post
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Boston Phoenix
January 1, 2000
Louis B. Hobson
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000

Empire Magazine
January 1, 2000
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000
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