Short Cuts Synopsis
Fate surprises 22 people in connected tales from the writings of Raymond Carver.
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Wall Street Journal

By Julie Salamon
Extraordinary...The movie has the intensity of an epic, only its subject matter is everyday life. [19 Oct 1993, p.A18(E)]
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100

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
Some movies can lay claim to being the best thing around in a week, a month, a year. Robert Altman's Short Cuts is closer to being one of...
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100

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Part of the miracle of Robert Altman's triumphantly fierce, funny, moving and innovative Short Cuts is that you can't get this movie out of...
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100

USA Today

By Mike Clark
This definitive "life goes on" movie does what Altman does best: juggle 22 characters, deftly switch moods, and offer a comlex...
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Los Angeles always seems to be waiting for something. Permanence seems out of reach; some great apocalyptic event is on the horizon, and...
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88

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
It's a genuine pleasure to find a movie with such a deep and intelligent portrayal of simple human lives, with all their minor triumphs and...
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80

Empire

At first, it's hard to sort out who knows who and where the stories connect, but it eventually comes together, combining the gripping power...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
It's compelling, emotionally exhausting terrain, and Altman delivers it in cold, blunt strokes. [22 Oct 1993]
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63

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
A daring but flawed achievement, diluting its emotional power and satirical bite with a self-consciously jagged structure, and a...
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50

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
Altman shakes the camera like a two-bit horror director, and it seems a different sort of signature - less masterful than weary, less...
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