Short Cuts
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Based on stories by Raymond Carver, Short Cuts follows 22 Los Angeles residents whose lives intersect over the course of a few days. Ann and Howard Finnegan (Andie MacDowell and Bruce Davison) are preparing for their son Casey's birthday party when the boy is injured in an auto accident and falls into a coma. Meanwhile, Andy (Lyle Lovett), a baker, seethes with anger over the birthday cake that wasn't claimed, and Howard's father, Paul (Jack Lemmon), decides that a visit with his ailing grandson is a good time to discuss his infidelities. Lois (Jennifer Jason Leigh) is a new mother… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As the grand ringmaster, it's here that Altman passes the baton to his actors , whose behavioral insights are critical to the film's success."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"The lives are often desperate and the characters inarticulate, but the group portrait is as grandly, sometimes as hilariously, realized as anything the director has ever done."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"We are never made to care much about the afflicted characters because Altman doesn't and thereby the stories carry very little weight."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Cool, clever and complex, Altman succeeds in bringing out the best from a highly talented cast."
‑ Angie Errigo, Empire Magazine
"Altman weaves magic from Carver's character-rich material."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Inevitably it's a mixed bag, though the film's assurance in keeping it all coherent is at times exhilarating."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Triumphantly fierce, funny, moving and innovative."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"The epidosic (by necessity) movie is uneven, but some of the stories are poignant and the acting always compelling"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The film is fascinating and complex, and benefits from a densely textured soundtrack that makes it as interesting to listen to as to watch."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"An absolutely brilliant, 3-hour examination of detached, dysfunctional behavior in modern America. Easily one of Altman's best films."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
"From the exhilarating opening, you know Altman's epic 'adaptation' of eight stories and a poem by Raymond Carver is going to be special."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"The movie is based on short stories by Raymond Carver, but this is Altman's work, not Carver's, and all the film really has in common with its source is a feeling for people who are disconnected."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Performances are low key but accomplished, comedy and tragedy are delicately balanced and the whole thing has the feel of a sprawling but very absorbing soap."
‑ , Film4
"Not prime Altman, but weaves an interesting path due to many sub-plots."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"Robert Altman revisited Nashville territory, and surpassed it, with this 1993 masterpiece."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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