High Fidelity
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In a biting romantic comedy, Rob Gordon is the owner of a semi-failing record store in Chicago, where he sells music the old-fashioned way -- on vinyl. He's a self-professed music junkie who spends his days at Championship Vinyl with his two employees, Dick and Barry. Although they have an encyclopedic knowledge of pop music and are consumed with the music scene, it's of no help to Rob, whose needle skips the love groove when his long-time girlfriend, Laura, walks out on him. As he examines his failed attempts at romance and happiness, the process finds him being dragged, kicking and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

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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."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Cusack has ineffable charm, but he keeps it tuned at the lowest possible frequency."
‑ Manohla Dargis, L.A. Weekly
"It is still a bit wimpy and sugary, but it's definitely entertaining, and the translation to American accelerates the tempo refreshingly."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"As a film about males it`s amazingly insightful for women. The soundtrack`s another great plus. I just adored this film."
‑ Margaret Pomeranz, sbs.com.au
"A hip, knowing look at how certain young men put off growing up until they are finally too miserable to postpone it any longer."
‑ Leah Rozen, People Magazine
"A film pragmatic enough to concede that almost every relationship is doomed, but romantic enough to realize that it's worth it to carry on in spite of that fact, High Fidelity is one of the smartest and funniest romantic comedies of the past few years."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"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."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"High Fidelity is an extraordinarily funny film, full of verbal and visual wit. And it is assembled with immense skill."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"You'll laugh, you'll cringe in recognition, you'll go home and start recording a new tape."
‑ , Total Film
"The virtues of High Fidelity are that Rob owns up to his obvious shortcomings, and that Cusack's performance has a self-deprecating edge that muffles the pops and scratches of Rob's personality."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"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."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"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."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Black is terrific as the obnoxious Barry, who abuses customers ignorant enough to come in and ask for 'I Just Called To Say I Love You', while Louiso is almost as good as the mousy but equally snobbish Dick."
‑ , Film4
"This slickly scripted, knowingly played and cameo-strewn comedy stands on its merits as an Alfie for the millennial generation."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"Speaking to camera for much of the running time, Cusack creates an engaging portrait in male insecurity and selfishness as flawed record shop owner Rob Gordon."
‑ Mike Goodridge, Screen International
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