Kansas City Synopsis
Desperate woman (Jennifer Jason Leigh) kidnaps politician's wife (Miranda Richardson).
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
Kansas City is a wonderful film, done with all Altman's offbeat virtuosity, maverick humor and creative daring -- plus the acid nip that...
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88

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Though the music is helping market the movie, it's really an omnipresent backdrop to the two intersecting stories. Audibly and visibly,...
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
What he asks of the actors (those who are “soloists,” anyway) is not realism but the same kind of playful show-off performances he's getting...
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75

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
Although there's nominally a lot of action, the film doesn't exactly abound in narrative pulse. But its portraits and textures take up a...
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
So much is satisfying in KC that its shortcomings are all the more discordant.
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63

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Though Kansas City has its share of arresting moments, the production as a whole is too superficial to be considered amongst the director's...
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
It starts out with several seemingly separate stories and characters, allows them to tease, overlap and shade one another, and then weaves...
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40

The Hollywood Reporter

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It's not a trip of ''Nashville'' sweep. In fact, it's closer to Dullsville. [13 May 1996]
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38

Philadelphia Inquirer

Robert Altman's Kansas City is a hollow period piece, a costume melodrama that's all jazzed up without a story to tell. [16 Aug 1996, p.4]
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30

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
Jazz is a good metaphor for Robert Altman's movies they're often improvisational, free-form and full of unexpected dissonance....
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