Short Cuts
Short Cuts (1993)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: November 16, 2004
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Robert Altman's ensemble drama deftly integrates its disparate characters and episodes into a funny, poignant, emotionally satisfying whole.

Todd McCarthy

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.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

We are never made to care much about the afflicted characters because Altman doesn't and thereby the stories carry very little weight.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Inevitably it's a mixed bag, though the film's assurance in keeping it all coherent is at times exhilarating.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Triumphantly fierce, funny, moving and innovative.

Emanuel Levy

The epidosic (by necessity) movie is uneven, but some of the stories are poignant and the acting always compelling

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

From the exhilarating opening, you know Altman's epic 'adaptation' of eight stories and a poem by Raymond Carver is going to be special.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
After managing to escape largely cinematic abyss that was the 80s, Robert Altman had somewhat of a renaissance in the early 90s thanks in part to The Player,… More
Graham Jones
This film is perfect in every way. I think Altman succeeds in showing us what real people and relationships are like as well as painting a perfect picture of… More
Lucas Martins
The best american film of the 90's.
Steven Carrier
I have never come across a film that lends itself so perfectly to two separate artists and mediums. "Short Cuts" is as much a Robert Altman film as it… More
Daniel Perry
I count several of the stories in Cathedral, by Raymond Carver, among the best I've ever read. One of them, "A Small, Good Thing," even won the… More
Conner Rainwater
It's just nowhere near as it want's to believe it is and has the production value of a tv mini-series, but this is an essential step in the ensemble… More

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