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Kansas City Reviews

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Top Critic
Jack Kroll
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.
Emanuel Levy
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+
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
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
April 23, 2004
Altman gets so caught up in the jazz music that he forgets to concentrate on the story
| Original Score: 2/5
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
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.
Kim Williamson
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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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.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 1, 2000
[It] has its own brawling vitality.
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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.
Madeleine Williams
January 1, 2000
Yet another mixed bag o' tricks from director Robert Altman.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
Robert Altman is perhaps the most unreliable of the great directors.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
Jennifer Jason Leigh and Miranda Richardson are synergetic perfection as social opposites thrown together for 24 hours in a 1934 hot town.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Christopher Null
January 1, 2000
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
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