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Six Degrees of Separation (1993)

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

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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Critic Reviews: 4
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 3

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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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,

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Drama, Comedy

John Guare

Aug 15, 2000

MGM Home Entertainment

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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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews | Comments (2)
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It's too clever by half, an inside joke aimed at the New York gentry.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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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.

March 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Tampa Bay Times
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.

February 7, 2007 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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.

May 25, 2001 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

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

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

All three leads give great performances.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
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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.
April 15, 2007
brooklynspo

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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.
September 17, 2008
kiriyamakazou

Super Reviewer

Will's character is very interesting. Is there really 6 degrees of separation?
July 14, 2007
thmtsang
Candy Rose

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Strang movie featuring a gay Will Smith.
February 12, 2007
superclerk25

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    1. 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)
    1. Paul: The Kandinsky is painted on both sides!
    – Submitted by Cheryl H (3 years ago)
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