Six Degrees of Separation
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Six Degrees of Separation
Two socialites find their view of the world changed when a young man takes advantage of their preconceptions in this thoughtful comedy-drama. Flan and Ouisa Kittredge (Donald Sutherland and Stockard Channing) are a married couple who have built highly successful careers as art dealers catering to Manhattan's upper crust. The Kittredges are entertaining friends one evening when a young black man named Paul (Will Smith) appears at their door. Paul says that he's a close friend of their children, with whom he attended boarding school, and he's just been mugged and needs to get off the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Ultimately, Six Degrees of Separation will succeed or fail for the individual viewer based on their expectations and preferences."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"A rare sight: a sharply observed Hollywood satire of poignant ideas, such as opportunities in life, achieving fame in American society, and how we all are in one way or another con men."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"One of Fred Schepisi's best films"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"There are those wonderful performances by the lead players - and especially Channing, who has been underused or misused most of her film career - and they make it fairly enjoyable entertainment."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"All three leads give great performances."
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"It's too clever by half, an inside joke aimed at the New York gentry."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"It walks like a play and talks like a play, but thanks to the gentle direction and the performances from the crack cast -- particularly Channing and a never-better Smith -- it's satisfying as a movie."
‑ Dan Fienberg,
"Bitingly funny, with superb performances from Channing and Sutherland."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
"The temporal experience of watching Six Degrees of Separation is one of absorption and intrigue."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"A mystery wrapped inside an enigmatic nation, flawlessly acted and difficult to predict. I'm always impressed when a movie informs about a foreign culture while it entertains, and this one is powerful art in that regard."
‑ Steve Persall, Tampa Bay Times
"Will Smith's greatest performance. A compelling drama."
‑ Fred Topel,
"A multidimensional drama fueled by a thought-provoking screenplay, tart comic energy, firecracker surprises, and a spiritually vibrant finale."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"The script by John Guare deserves an award - witty and very bright."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
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