High Fidelity
High Fidelity (2000)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: September 19, 2000
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91%
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90%



Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The deft hand of director Stephen Frears and strong performances by the ensemble cast combine to tell an entertaining story with a rock-solid soundtrack.

Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

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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Manohla Dargis
L.A. Weekly

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

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Peter Bradshaw
Guardian

It is still a bit wimpy and sugary, but it's definitely entertaining, and the translation to American accelerates the tempo refreshingly.

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Nathan Rabin
AV Club

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.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

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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Philip French
Observer [UK]

High Fidelity is an extraordinarily funny film, full of verbal and visual wit. And it is assembled with immense skill.

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

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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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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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Film4

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
familiar stranger
Top one reason to watch it: You've no better option.
Jens S.
Very funny, witty and clever comedy after a record store owner's love life. Just after having been ditched by his long-term girlfriend Rob is rethinking… More
Wildaly M
I think I'm the only one who felt this movie was boring and uninteresting.
Directors Cat
According to John Cusack's character in the movie; books, records and films matter. That sounds about right. The story of High Fidelity is fairly simple… More
Chris Weber
One of my favorite movies ever. And not just because these characters (especially Rob Gordon) are basically like me. This movie just really nails the culture of… More
xGary Xx
An under achieving record store owner decides to contact a list of old girlfriends when he is dumped yet again to find out why he is doomed to be alone. Being… More

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