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"...HIGH FIDELITY is a solid, entertaining, and often very funny piece of work..."Premiere "...Fueled by high-octane writing and wickedly comic performances..."Movieline's Hollywood Life "...HIGH FIDELITY is a sharp and satisfying romantic comedy about the difficulty of commitment....The film's music is expertly chosen..."Los Angeles Times "...[A] witty, exquisitely fine-tuned adaptation of Nick Hornby's 1995 novel....The movie is sparked by more than half a dozen incisive performances..."New York Times "...[A] superb adaptation....With wit and attention to record-geek trivia intact..."Rolling Stone "...A trenchantly witty and acutely insightful script....[John Cusack gives a] fresh, fearless and ferociously funny lead performance..."Variety "...Cool....Funny and insightful..." -- 4 out of 5 starsTotal Film "...A ruthlessly truthful and deviously smart comedy....Black's hilariously vitriolic rock snob Barry is especially impressive -- a long overdue breakthrough role for a very deserving talent..."Box Office39.92328

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"...Pfeiffer reveals an emotional nakednes that's almost shocking....The payoff more than warrants the dare..." -- Rating: AEntertainment Weekly "...Witty, entertaining, if occasionally overripe, decadence....[Nothing Close] has done on the screen before approaches the richness and comic delicacy of her work as the Marquise..."New York Times "...In addition to its photography, the film's details of costuming and production design are ravishing. Hampton and Frears have also employed a lovely flowing series of flashbacks throughout..."Los Angeles Times "Malkovich is great fun to watch....The movie itself is a career high point for all involved..."Premiere39.66092

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4 stars out of 5 -- "Dench, drawing on her own Irish family background, scores another acting tour de force, pitch-perfect in her accent and lacing Philomenas naivety with an innate shrewdness."Total Film 5 stars out of 5 -- "A terrific, sophisticated comedy that tackles serious issues with a lightness of touch and a spirit of steel..."Empire 3 stars out of 4 -- "[C]ompelling, poignant and gently funny."USA Today "[T]his drama of a woman searching for the son who was taken from her half a century ago can catch you by surprise. That's a tribute to the story's essence...but also to the eloquently understated performance of Judi Dench in the title role."Wall Street Journal "[T]he film's overall effectiveness is hard to deny. A good part of the credit for this goes to Dench's performance as Philomena Lee..."Los Angeles Times "Ms. Denchs Philomena Lee glows with the radiance of someone serene in her faith....That she makes you believe her character has the capacity to forgive provides the movie with a solid moral center."New York Times "[A] sober consideration of how ideals relate to institutions -- whether theyre religions or political parties -- anchored by two well-rounded, funny lead performances."A.V. Club 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Dench delivers one of her most recessive, unprepossessing performances yet....At its core, this clever, wrenching, profound story underscores the tenacity of faith in the face of unfathomable cruelty."Washington Post "Coogan cast himself as Sixsmith in PHILOMENA....It lets us see this talented Brit deliver a nicely nuanced dramatic performance, laced with some funny moments."Chicago Sun-Times "Dench and Coogan's chemistry is undeniably great. In the end, he manages to give her the answers she seeks and she manages to give him a heart." -- Grade: A-Entertainment Weekly 3 stars out of 4 -- "Dench and Coogan lock horns with great humor..."Rolling Stone 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[A] multi-faceted affair: part buddy comedy built upon class distinctions, part road trip adventure, and even part intriguing mystery."RogerEbert.com0.5301751

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4 stars out of 5 -- "Dench, drawing on her own Irish family background, scores another acting tour de force, pitch-perfect in her accent and lacing Philomenas naivety with an innate shrewdness."Total Film 5 stars out of 5 -- "A terrific, sophisticated comedy that tackles serious issues with a lightness of touch and a spirit of steel..."Empire 3 stars out of 4 -- "[C]ompelling, poignant and gently funny."USA Today "[T]his drama of a woman searching for the son who was taken from her half a century ago can catch you by surprise. That's a tribute to the story's essence...but also to the eloquently understated performance of Judi Dench in the title role."Wall Street Journal "[T]he film's overall effectiveness is hard to deny. A good part of the credit for this goes to Dench's performance as Philomena Lee..."Los Angeles Times "Ms. Denchs Philomena Lee glows with the radiance of someone serene in her faith....That she makes you believe her character has the capacity to forgive provides the movie with a solid moral center."New York Times "[A] sober consideration of how ideals relate to institutions -- whether theyre religions or political parties -- anchored by two well-rounded, funny lead performances."A.V. Club 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Dench delivers one of her most recessive, unprepossessing performances yet....At its core, this clever, wrenching, profound story underscores the tenacity of faith in the face of unfathomable cruelty."Washington Post "Coogan cast himself as Sixsmith in PHILOMENA....It lets us see this talented Brit deliver a nicely nuanced dramatic performance, laced with some funny moments."Chicago Sun-Times "Dench and Coogan's chemistry is undeniably great. In the end, he manages to give her the answers she seeks and she manages to give him a heart." -- Grade: A-Entertainment Weekly 3 stars out of 4 -- "Dench and Coogan lock horns with great humor..."Rolling Stone 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[A] multi-faceted affair: part buddy comedy built upon class distinctions, part road trip adventure, and even part intriguing mystery."RogerEbert.com0.5301751

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"David Lynch, Agnes Varda, Ken Loach, and John Sayles are among the 10 directors interviewed in this intriguingly random personal project of first-time filmmaker Angela Ismailos."Entertainment Weekly0.3060967

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3 stars out of 5 -- "Hall's ditsy, straight-talking Beth keeps the film aloft, showing off nimble comic chops....Her high spirits are the really winning feature..."Total Film "The film's strongest suit is as a coming-of-age, rags-to-riches tale in which the upwardly mobile trajectory of the American Dream is writ large in self-realisation..."Sight and Sound0.2623686

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"...A competent piece of work, featuring a handful of memorable performances and undeniably polished production values..."Box Office "...THE HI-LO COUNTRY is a film of high quality, beautifully shot..."Los Angeles Times "...[Harrelson's] lusty, deeply felt and surprisingly gallant performance truly rises to the occasion..."Rolling Stone "...A handsome looking and sounding version of the novel....The film delivers a satisfying broad visual sweep..."Sight and Sound "...[Harrelson] makes the character as charming and noble and near-mythic as he was intended to be..."Premiere "...A likable, leisurely Western saga....Strong performances by [Harrelson and Crudup]..."Movieline's Hollywood Life "...The movie evokes the open space of New Mexico with a bright, dusty grandeur..."Chicago Sun-Times0.2186405

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