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Six Degrees of Separation (1993)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 7.1/10
Reviews Counted: 32
Fresh: 28
Rotten: 4

Critics Consensus: Though it betrays its theatrical roots, Six Degrees of Separation largely succeeds thanks to astute direction and fine performances -- particularly from an against-type Will Smith.

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Average Rating: N/A
Reviews Counted: 4
Fresh: 1
Rotten: 3

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 16,205

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Movie Info

Two socialites find their view of the world changed when a young man takes advantage of their preconceptions in this thoughtful comedy-drama. Flan and Ouisa Kittredge (Donald Sutherland and Stockard Channing) are a married couple who have built highly successful careers as art dealers catering to Manhattan's upper crust. The Kittredges are entertaining friends one evening when a young black man named Paul (Will Smith) appears at their door. Paul says that he's a close friend of their children, … More

Rating:
R
Genre:
Drama , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
John Guare
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Aug 15, 2000
Runtime:
MGM Home Entertainment


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Critic Reviews for Six Degrees of Separation

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (28) | Rotten (4) | DVD (3)

Ultimately, Six Degrees of Separation will succeed or fail for the individual viewer based on their expectations and preferences.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
ReelViews
Top Critic

It's too clever by half, an inside joke aimed at the New York gentry.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

A mystery wrapped inside an enigmatic nation, flawlessly acted and difficult to predict. I'm always impressed when a movie informs about a foreign culture while it entertains, and this one is powerful art in that regard.

Full Review… | March 2, 2012
Tampa Bay Times

A rare sight: a sharply observed Hollywood satire of poignant ideas, such as opportunities in life, achieving fame in American society, and how we all are in one way or another con men.

Full Review… | February 7, 2007
EmanuelLevy.Com

It walks like a play and talks like a play, but thanks to the gentle direction and the performances from the crack cast -- particularly Channing and a never-better Smith -- it's satisfying as a movie.

September 8, 2005
Zap2it.com

Will Smith's greatest performance. A compelling drama.

August 13, 2003
About.com

One of Fred Schepisi's best films

August 23, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Bitingly funny, with superb performances from Channing and Sutherland.

July 25, 2002
Matinee Magazine

A multidimensional drama fueled by a thought-provoking screenplay, tart comic energy, firecracker surprises, and a spiritually vibrant finale.

Full Review… | May 25, 2001
Spirituality and Practice

There are those wonderful performances by the lead players - and especially Channing, who has been underused or misused most of her film career - and they make it fairly enjoyable entertainment.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

The temporal experience of watching Six Degrees of Separation is one of absorption and intrigue.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Austin Chronicle

The script by John Guare deserves an award - witty and very bright.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Internet Reviews

All three leads give great performances.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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Audience Reviews for Six Degrees of Separation

Way better than I expected. Stockard Channing was outstanding, the story was absorbing and I found it easy to forgive the obvious theatricality of the whole affair. Strangely for a drawing-room comedy - this film features some dynamite widescreen cinematography.

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Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

Transferring stage plays to the screen is very tricky. By their nature plays are more dialogue heavy and are set in a much smaller world, often limited rooms etc. This is one of the films that seems to have a lot of trouble in transforming one medium to another. Lengthy dialogue isn't the problem though, it's the continuous retelling at different social occasions. Of course this all becomes the point by the last scene but it still feels awkward. The film could have shown so much more and rather than criticised the high-class wealthy elite it could have gone deeper into Paul's psychosis. At least for the audience if not the main characters. The film also revels in the fact it swings around issues of gays/blacks and both as though it is proclaiming something brand new and fascinating. Will Smith's refusal to actually kiss Anthony Michael Hall at the time says more about being black and gay than this whole film. It's certainly acted well for the most part, though it is clear to see how Smith has improved over the years. The humour also goes some way to creating a more enjoyable experience.

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Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

½

Will's character is very interesting. Is there really 6 degrees of separation?

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Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

Strang movie featuring a gay Will Smith.

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Jason Spencer

Super Reviewer

Six Degrees of Separation Quotes


Ouisa Kittredge:
And we become these human jukeboxes, spilling out these anecdotes, but it was and experience! How do we keep the experience?
– Submitted by Josh A (2 years ago)
Paul:
The Kandinsky is painted on both sides!
– Submitted by Cheryl H (3 years ago)

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