High Fidelity
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A man discovers that there's more to love than a good mixed tape in this dramatic comedy about music and relationships. Rob (John Cusack), an obsessive record collector in his mid-thirties, is struggling to reconcile his adolescent enthusiasm for pop music with adult responsibilities and a more mature outlook. He runs a record shop with his friends Barry (Jack Black) and Dick (Todd Louiso), who are known to drive away customers whose taste in music doesn't match their exacting standards -- which may have something to do with why the shop is losing money. But Rob's biggest problem… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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
"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
"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 [UK]
"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
"This slickly scripted, knowingly played and cameo-strewn comedy stands on its merits as an Alfie for the millennial generation."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"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
"High Fidelity is an extraordinarily funny film, full of verbal and visual wit. And it is assembled with immense skill."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"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
"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
"Cusack has ineffable charm, but he keeps it tuned at the lowest possible frequency."
‑ Manohla Dargis, L.A. Weekly
"Mr. Frears has managed for the most part to retain the velocity of the narrative without sacrificing the psychological coherence of the characters."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"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
"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
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