Robert Altman's jazz-scored film explores themes of love, crime, race, and politics in 1930s Kansas City. When Blondie O'Hara's husband, a petty thief, is captured by Seldom Seen and held ...... (Full plot summary below)
Robert Altman's jazz-scored film explores themes of love, crime, race, and politics in 1930s Kansas City. When Blondie O'Hara's husband, a petty thief, is captured by Seldom Seen and held ...
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Chicago Tribune - 10/10 by Michael WilmingtonKansas City is a wonderful film, done with all Altman's offbeat virtuosity, maverick humor and creative daring -- plus the acid nip that runs through all his recent works.
USA Today - 9/10 by Mike ClarkMany will find Kansas City unbearable, because Leigh (with a mouth full of jagged teeth and a permanent snarl) and Richardson (who totters along in a druggy stupour), give brilliant performances as extremely unpleasant characters. Furthermore, the ending is a real slap-in-the-face downer. But if you can get past that, this is the real stuff.
Ozus' World Movie Reviews - 9/10 by Dennis SchwartzAltman looks back at his hometown in an unsentimental, hard-nosed way.
rec.arts.movies.reviews - 8/10 by Mark R. LeeperThis is the most intriguing Altman film in quite a while.
Combustible Celluloid - 8/10 by Jeffrey M. AndersonRobert Altman brings us an effective, if minor, crime film filled with the jazz sounds of Count Basie and Lester Young.
Chicago Sun-Times - 8/10 by Roger EbertWhat 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 from the musicians. And to understand the acting, it's helpful to begin with the music.
Boston Globe - 8/10 by Jay CarrKansas City can be regarded as a jazz tone poem on themes of race, politics, money and the movies themselves.
rec.arts.movies.reviews - 7/10 by Scott RenshawI only hope audiences are willing to trust Altman the risk-taker as long as it takes.
Entertainment Weekly - 7/10 by Lisa SchwarzbaumSo much is satisfying in KC that its shortcomings are all the more discordant.
Newsweek - 7/10 by Jack KrollAltman loves to explode movie genres, and his script, co-written with Frank Barhydt, fuses the classic '30s screwball comedy and crime film.