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Short Cuts Reviews

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Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
April 17, 2003
Short Cuts is deliberately fragmentary, laudable for its individual scenes and even more so for their cohesion.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 23, 2003
Altman is still at the top of his brilliant abilities.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Gary Brown
Houston Community Newspapers
November 28, 2002
A Robert Altman masterpiece that weaves together the lives of Sothern California denizens together around an earthquake.
| Original Score: 5/5
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
Short Cuts lacks the sharp satire and excitement of The Player, but it's still a superior film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 21, 2002
Perhaps the most ambitious film of his career.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 20, 2002
Sharp-edged drama set in Los Angeles that captures and conveys the contemporary malaise of soul-sickness.
Stephen Farber
Movieline
January 9, 2002
A triumphant rendition of Raymond Carver's vision of life on the edge of chaos.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
Triumphantly fierce, funny, moving and innovative.
| Original Score: 5/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
It's a genuine pleasure to find a movie with such a deep and intelligent portrayal of simple human lives, with all their minor triumphs and tragedies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The movie is based on short stories by Raymond Carver, but this is Altman's work, not Carver's, and all the film really has in common with its source is a feeling for people who are disconnected.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Altman, who has made a career of pulling the critics and cineastes his way, demonstrates that artistic sleight of hand once again.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
A cynical, sexist and shallow work from cinema's premier misanthrope, Robert Altman, who here shows neither compassion for -- nor insight into -- the human condition.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
This movie blew me away.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Louis Black
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Foremost is the very adventure of experiencing an Altman film, his failures are better than most directors's successes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
When you boil it down, there are few movies that demonstrate as well how people's lives seem to randomly intersect, or how much of an impact we have on each other, whether we know it or not.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
January 1, 2000
[It] impresses not just with the sheer weight of its actorly pedigree and length, but the wide, expressive gamut of emotions and lives that it puts on display.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Scott Renshaw
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
A splendid film achievement, a brutally funny collection of fragments from broken lives crafted by a director with renewed vitality.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
There are several scenes of light comedy, warm humanity, or cold tragedy.
Full Review | Original Score: low +1 out of -4..+4
Dragan Antulov
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
Although Altman's masterful hands manage to keep our attention from the beginning till the end, Short Cuts doesn't deserve all of the praise received by the critics.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A
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