Six Degrees of Separation
Six Degrees of Separation (1993)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: December 10, 1993
DVD Release Date: August 15, 2000
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though it betrays its theatrical roots, Six Degrees of Separation largely succeeds thanks to astute direction and fine performances -- particularly from an against-type Will Smith.

James Berardinelli

Ultimately, Six Degrees of Separation will succeed or fail for the individual viewer based on their expectations and preferences.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

One of Fred Schepisi's best films

Rita Kempley
Washington Post

It's too clever by half, an inside joke aimed at the New York gentry.

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Dan Fienberg

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.

Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine

Bitingly funny, with superb performances from Channing and Sutherland.

Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times

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.

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Fred Topel

Will Smith's greatest performance. A compelling drama.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A multidimensional drama fueled by a thought-provoking screenplay, tart comic energy, firecracker surprises, and a spiritually vibrant finale.

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
Way better than I expected. Stockard Channing was outstanding, the story was absorbing and I found it easy to forgive the obvious theatricality of the whole… More
Candy Rose
Will's character is very interesting. Is there really 6 degrees of separation?
Kevin M. Williams
In an interesting dream scenario, rich, upper Eastside New Yorkers have their guilt about racial inequality expunged by a run-in with streetwise Will Smith (who… More
Jason Spencer
Strang movie featuring a gay Will Smith.
Luke Baldock
Transferring stage plays to the screen is very tricky. By their nature plays are more dialogue heavy and are set in a much smaller world, often limited rooms… More
John Ballantine
Will Smith's first test of his ability to actually act..and he passes as a wonderful con artist. A good if not great tale.