Short Cuts Reviews
February 7, 2012
Utterly brilliant and profound. Every performance is pointed and on-the-mark. A truly great comedy/drama! Devastating!
October 28, 2014
In blending humor and wit with the tragedy of human folly, Short Cuts deftly navigates the balancing act of suburban disconnect and self-absorption in LA. Altman doesn't pretend to sympathize with his characters, examining them objectively from a distance while inviting us to assess for ourselves. Imitating real life, the story is often uneven, and gives its characters varying degrees of closure without spoiling realistic ambiguity, and some subplots are left open-ended altogether. Despite its many challenges, including a running time that just exceeds three hours, Altman's Short Cuts is ultimately an engaging and rewarding experience, and although it was released in the early 90's, the film's glimpse of middle class egotism is applicable now more than ever in the age of social media.
June 16, 2013
You've already got such a talented ensemble right here that already lives up to its full potential.
May 25, 2014
The movie started out exciting and was enjoyable the entire time but at the end I was left feeling unsatisfied. Almost all the scenes had a common thread of 'sex' and/or 'love'. The juxtaposition of some of the situations were heart-rendering and some were very comical. The last 10 minutes was a climax of sorts and hard to believe that some of the characters would do such despicable acts. No real ending- you have to imagine how things turn out. Enjoyed watching Jack Lemmon and Lily Tomlin the most. The most important lesson I found was the groundlessness of the characters- what happens when you don't have the Christ in your life.
April 21, 2014
Having not read the stories that the film is based on, there's always the niggling worry that I'm missing something. However, with Short Cuts, the film is so thoroughly engrossed in its characters that it's difficult to believe that anything was left out. This is a film that feels like it was made to be viewed in film school. It feels like it's the movie that Magnolia and Crash would look to as their starting points. It's meticulously controlled chaos, due to Robert Altman's masterful touch. Famous for his large casts and layered dialog, both of which are at work here, he also manages to get the performances of a career out of some of his actors. The actors that are already great, shine even brighter, bringing a vibrancy to the weird and seedy side of suburban L.A. While the overall narrative may lack coherence, by which I mean, as a first time viewer 20 years after its release, I was expecting there to be some sort of grand intersection of characters to inject a kind of decipher key to the storytelling, each tale stands out on its own, odd merits. There's a perfectly drawn out tension to each tale, that's almost imperceptible until you realize you've let out a sigh of relief when some of the stories come to rather sedate conclusions. For those that don't there's a sense of vindication for realizing you've been put on your guard.But even then, the twists and turns go by with an almost muted normality for this almost foreign world, as if asking "what else did you expect from a world that poisons itself?" If only we could all feel our own every day moments of life as poignantly as we're encouraged to feel the characters' moments in this film.
March 22, 2014
3 hours of greatness!
August 24, 2013
Incredibly realistic, Short Cuts shows the ups and downs of life, it's at times very funny, and sometimes very sad, and it's full of great performances.
December 31, 2013
I had rented the tapes back in my college days. I don't believe I fully understood what it says back then.
It was supposed to be one of the few movie trying to interweaving several separate plotlines into one story/movie back in the '90s. Some plotlines/ characters are really interesting, Tim Robbins, Frances McDormand, Peter Gallagher for example; some could be totally wiped out to me- Robert Downey Jr.'s for instance. Nevertheless, this was still one significant piece in movies-making history, despite certain flaws for today's standard.
December 7, 2013
Life imitates art--Cuts deep!!
October 10, 2013
The intriguing symbolism is the only thing that saved this movie from a complete disaster. It had enough to get a decent rating, but it was rather disappointing. Robert Altman seems to think that making his movies slow, long, and overdramatic is going to help, but it doesn't, as seen by this and Gosford Park.
September 10, 2013
Uma das obras máximas de Robert Altman, mostrando que tem pleno domínio de seu elenco e onde nem vemos 3 horas de filme passar.
July 7, 2007
More tedium from Robert Altman. At least it had a great cast and it was fun seeing Huey Lewis as an actor.
June 15, 2013
This is definitely not my favorite Robert Altman film, but it is still a great addition to his filmography. There are over 20 main characters and each one is given just enough time to flesh out their story. It's really amazing that it is done so well that the audience can keep all of them straight.
May 5, 2013
Short Cuts is an influential and simple ensemble piece that great characterisations and a cool screenplay. The connection of the characters (who are all well acted from its talented ensemble cast) is thorough and interesting, and the scenes are funny and curiously directed.
May 7, 2013
I loved the first 2 hours, but I thought some strange character choices in the last hour kind of made it lose track. I love how it tied together in the end but still some of the stories just felt very unfinished, where others came to a complete end. Still a pretty great movie though.
May 5, 2013
This is a well made film by Robert Altman. The acting was uniformly good. The story involves 5 or 6 separate, contiguous story lines. The various characters sometimes intersect. The story was interesting and held my attention. But, none of the characters was anyone the audience could root for. These people were all pretty thoroughly messed up. So, as is often the case with movies like this; it was like watching a slow motion train wreck.
Although well made, this type of film is not favorite of mine.
April 25, 2013
complete nonsense, making noooo sense at all.. 9 boring lifes full of cheating, boring casual day stuff and so and on. 3hours lost
April 15, 2013
Once again I have seen another incredible and successfully made interconnecting film that joins the likes of Magnolia and Crash.
Great performances all around.
March 8, 2013
Altman's multistrand tale of American suburbia and its less-than-pleasant nature is quite an achievement: a boatload of quality acting from its sizeable cast, complimented by a constant vein of dark, cynical humour and its mix of moments that are by turns touching, unsettling and dramatic make this one of the late maestro's best, not to mention an easy recommend if you also enjoyed Pulp Fiction & Magnolia, which also offered sprawling tales of Western life.