Kansas City
Kansas City (1996)

"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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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 16, 1996
DVD Release Date: February 15, 2005
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Critic Score: 63% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jack Kroll

Altman loves to explode movie genres, and his script, co-written with Frank Barhydt, fuses the classic '30s screwball comedy and crime film.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

[It] has its own brawling vitality.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Robert Altman brings us an effective, if minor, crime film filled with the jazz sounds of Count Basie and Lester Young.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

It could never for an instant be mistaken for anything but a Robert Altman film, and that counts for a lot.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Altman looks back at his hometown in an unsentimental, hard-nosed way.

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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle

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.

Emanuel Levy

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.

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Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World

Altman gets so caught up in the jazz music that he forgets to concentrate on the story

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Steven Carrier
"Kansas City" is an extremely slight film in Robert Altman's filmography. I was surprised that Altman forgets the basic ingredients that are so… More
Brian R
I pefered this film then Altman's "Thieves Like Us" which was also set in the depression era of the 1930. "Kansas City" doesn't… More
Coxxie Mild Sauce
boring, but interesting and decently made... also just my opinion but Jennifer Jason Leigh makes Dane Cook seem oscar worthy (seriously).
Brett Warren
Robert Altman is one of those directors I will never understand. I have nothing against the man but the significance bestowed upon him by film scholars is… More
Lanning : )
This is Belafonte's movie. Someone with so much music in his soul being able to play so chillingly souless a character. Amazing performance.