Kansas City
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"Kansas City" is a panoramic melodrama about politics, race, crime, and the movies, made in a "jazz" style that matches the film's musical milieu.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

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"Altman loves to explode movie genres, and his script, co-written with Frank Barhydt, fuses the classic '30s screwball comedy and crime film."
‑ Jack Kroll, Newsweek
"[It] has its own brawling vitality."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Robert Altman brings us an effective, if minor, crime film filled with the jazz sounds of Count Basie and Lester Young."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Robert Altman having fun, and it features a performance by Jennifer Jason Leigh that has to be seen to be believed."
‑ Blake Davis, KFOR Channel 4 News
"Although the movie contains occasional moments of glimpsed accomplishment, Kansas City is for the most part a lame duck."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"It could never for an instant be mistaken for anything but a Robert Altman film, and that counts for a lot."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"All of the characters act as if somebody might come along someday and make a movie about them. And Altman, who made the movie, gets his chance to sit in at last on one of those cutting sessions."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Altman looks back at his hometown in an unsentimental, hard-nosed way."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Another spunky film in a series of Robert Altman portraits of the failure of the American Dream."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Robert Altman is perhaps the most unreliable of the great directors."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"Let's just say that if you find it arbitrary and more an expression of Altman's feelings about class than the outcome of his story, then we are in agreement."
‑ Jeff Millar, Houston Chronicle
"A minor Altman work that can't bridge the gap between larger issues--inequality, American politics--and intimate narrative about two women, well played by Jennifer Jason Leigh and Miranda Richardson."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Altman gets so caught up in the jazz music that he forgets to concentrate on the story"
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
"The film moves with the slowness of an opium daze, and it transmits its plot information with the incremental dit-dot-dash of a wire message."
‑ Kim Williamson, Boxoffice Magazine
"Altman tries to make this really dull, boring, and simple story into something that is unique, exciting, and intricate -- all of which he fails at miserably"
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
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