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Short Cuts Reviews

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David Ansen
Newsweek
April 7, 2016
It's a funny/scary vision, with a manic edge -- which is why, when you come down from the high of the filmmaking, you may be left with the taste of ashes in your mouth. Altman's artistry can make you happy even when his art offers cold comfort.
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Variety
February 23, 2012
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
February 27, 2008
As the grand ringmaster, it's here that Altman passes the baton to his actors , whose behavioral insights are critical to the film's success.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
February 27, 2008
Inevitably it's a mixed bag, though the film's assurance in keeping it all coherent is at times exhilarating.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
From the exhilarating opening, you know Altman's epic 'adaptation' of eight stories and a poem by Raymond Carver is going to be special.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
The lives are often desperate and the characters inarticulate, but the group portrait is as grandly, sometimes as hilariously, realized as anything the director has ever done.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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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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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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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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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