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.
Anthony Lane 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.
Manohla Dargis Cusack has ineffable charm, but he keeps it tuned at the lowest possible frequency.
Joe Morgenstern 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.
Jonathan Rosenbaum 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.
Andrew Sarris Mr. Frears has managed for the most part to retain the velocity of the narrative without sacrificing the psychological coherence of the characters.
Derek Adams I enjoyed the film - twice! I related!
Kevin Maynard Created a doggedly faithful adaptation of Nick Hornby's cult-fave novel.
Rene Rodriguez Cusack makes High Fidelity seem less self-indulgent than it is: It's impossible to imagine the movie without him.
David Ansen 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.
Rita Kempley Why not give it a spin?
Jay Carr It's hard to remember the last time guys were nailed so perceptively and dragged into adulthood so warmly and entertainingly.
Terry Lawson The cast has been put together like a good band.
Louis B. Parks [The script] is constantly scathing and comically cynical without ever turning really ugly or bitter.
Philip Wuntch The film is superbly acted.
Jami Bernard 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.
Jay Boyar With his passive presence and nervous eyes, Louiso is quietly hilarious. And Black, whose character is both arrogant and bombastic, is even funnier.
Bob Thomas Stephen Frears ... seems on unsteady ground converting an essentially British story (the novel was set in London) to the American idiom.
Steven Rosen It's got great music -- and great music trivia -- but a shaky soul.
Joe Leydon Trenchantly witty and acutely insightful script.
Kenneth Turan 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.
Peter Rainer It's a sweet, raffish entertainment, blessedly free of baloney.
David Edelstein There's a lot to enjoy in High Fidelity.
Stephen Holden The movie is sparked by more than half a dozen incisive performances.
John Anderson There's not much to convince you that High Fidelity isn't a vanity production with some good tunes.
Richard Schickel Something that we can all laugh at -- sometimes raucously, sometimes tenderly, often ruefully.
Tom Keogh 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.
Stephanie Zacharek Every single actor here rises to the occasion.
Elizabeth Weitzman 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.
Amy Taubin 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.
Desson Thomson I enjoyed myself immensely.
Peter Howell Brilliant screen adaptation.