Short Cuts
Short Cuts (1993)

Robert Altman stunningly interweaves 22 characters and nine Raymond Carver short stories -- relocating the settings from Carver's Northwest to Los Angeles during a spraying of malathion brought on by a Medfly epidemic. Altman intercuts… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: October 3, 1993
DVD Release Date: November 16, 2004
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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

David Ansen

It's a funny/scary vision, with a manic edge -- which is why, when you come down from the high of the filmmaking, you may be left with the taste of ashes in your mouth. Altman's artistry can make you happy even when his art offers cold comfort.

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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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Chase Whale

Worth the buy for one scene: watching a young Robert Downey, Jr. elbow-punch a couch.

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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.

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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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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