High Fidelity

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    When record store owner Rob Gordon gets dumped by his girlfriend, Laura, because he hasn't changed since they met, he revisits his top five breakups of all time in an attempt to figure out what went wrong. As Rob seeks out his former lovers to find out why they left, he keeps up his efforts to win Laura back.

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    High Fidelity, with its knowing take on men, messed-up romance and music, is like one long, hook-filled pop song for the eyes.

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    When happiness does arrive in this movie, it has the air not of something that you reach, like your top speed, but of something that you give in to, like baldness or old age.

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    Cusack has ineffable charm, but he keeps it tuned at the lowest possible frequency.

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    As for Mr. Cusack, there's nothing potential about his stardom any more. He's the self-doubting, self-flagellating, self-ironic soul of "High Fidelity," and he's great.

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    If you can put up with all the archness and self-consciousness--there's quite a bit of both--this is an enjoyable romantic comedy.

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    Mr. Frears has managed for the most part to retain the velocity of the narrative without sacrificing the psychological coherence of the characters.

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    I enjoyed the film - twice! I related!

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    A funny, perceptive movie about pop music, a man's confused passions for records and women, and the lure of perpetual teenagehood.

    3/4
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    You're still smiling when the film is over.

    4/5
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    Created a doggedly faithful adaptation of Nick Hornby's cult-fave novel.

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    Cusack makes High Fidelity seem less self-indulgent than it is: It's impossible to imagine the movie without him.

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    Cusack is a master at playing smart, frazzled, self-flagellating hipsters, and the movie, propelled by his arias of angst, lets him strut his best stuff.

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    Why not give it a spin?

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    It's hard to remember the last time guys were nailed so perceptively and dragged into adulthood so warmly and entertainingly.

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    The cast has been put together like a good band.

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    [The script] is constantly scathing and comically cynical without ever turning really ugly or bitter.

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    The film is superbly acted.

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    There are a lot of wonderful supporting roles here, but the actor who'll get the most mileage is Jack Black in a career-setting turn as an obnoxious slacker.

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    Cusack works especially well with the unknowns in the cast, while Frears creates an ensemble that complements Cusack's more flamboyant moments.

    3/4
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    With his passive presence and nervous eyes, Louiso is quietly hilarious. And Black, whose character is both arrogant and bombastic, is even funnier.

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    Stephen Frears ... seems on unsteady ground converting an essentially British story (the novel was set in London) to the American idiom.

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    It's got great music -- and great music trivia -- but a shaky soul.

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    Trenchantly witty and acutely insightful script.

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    High Fidelity is a sharp and satisfying romantic comedy about the difficulty of commitment that utilizes Stephen Frears' incisive direction and some very knowing and sophisticated writing to give actor Cusack one of the best roles of his career.

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    A cute, quaint, at times rather silly movie that displays a genuine affection for the rebel-nerd scholasticism of record-store junkies.

    B-
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    Movies this wry and likable hardly ever get made.

    4/4
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    It's a sweet, raffish entertainment, blessedly free of baloney.

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    There's a lot to enjoy in High Fidelity.

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    The movie is sparked by more than half a dozen incisive performances.

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    As smart as it is enjoyable.

    A-
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    Romantic sorrow -- and the self-reflexive dramas it inspires -- have rarely been this funny.

    3/4
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    The insistent verbal nonsense among them wears thin very fast for folks who don't keep their vinyl collection in plastic sleeves. Absolutely, this is a romantic comedy that preaches to the converted.

    2/4
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    There's not much to convince you that High Fidelity isn't a vanity production with some good tunes.

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    The quirky High Fidelity really deserves being called the first must-see movie of the century.

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    Something that we can all laugh at -- sometimes raucously, sometimes tenderly, often ruefully.

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    Stands out as a 'small' motion picture that deserves wide exposure.

    3/4
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    Had High Fidelity been a glorified one-act set in Rob's store, with a wealth of banter among these assorted losers to keep us laughing, it would still be a fine film. Lucky for us, there is so much more.

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    Every single actor here rises to the occasion.

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    The British hero of Nick Hornby's novel, on which this movie is based, certainly does not scream out 'John Cusack.' And yet once you see him, you can't think of anyone who'd do it better.

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    High Fidelity easily cracks the top five list of reasons to go to the movies these days.

    3/4
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    Isn't all that romantic and is only half as funny as it thinks it is.

    2/4
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    A Woody Allen film for youngish white males who fetishize rock music and its many memorabilia and have commitment problems when flesh-and-blood women.

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    I enjoyed myself immensely.

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    Brilliant screen adaptation.

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