Generally favorable reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. 100
    Causes us to leave the theater quite unreasonably happy.
  2. For all its music-trivia affection, High Fidelity is finally a pretty thin melody.
  3. 88
    The quirky High Fidelity really deserves being called the first must-see movie of the century.
  4. 80
    All the pieces hang together. You can't say that about many movies.
  5. 80
    (Cusack)'s genius, however, is in his continual ability to be the most likeable of everymen.
  6. The meandering story and channel-surfing style prevent it from gathering the emotional momentum it would need to get below the hero's skin and let us know what really makes him tick.
  7. Witty, exquisitely fine-tuned screen adaptation of Nick Hornby's 1995 novel
  8. A sharp and satisfying romantic comedy.
  9. Like laughing into a mirror for 113 minutes.
  10. With its knowing take on men, messed-up romance and music, is like one long, hook-filled pop song for the eyes.
  11. 100
    A guaranteed pleasure for anyone who ever loved pop music, owned a record collection or suffered in love
  12. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    It's almost criminal the way the central relationship of High Fidelity has been left such a void.
  13. 63
    Ultimately too slight for its own good: It's a genial little doodle, light on plot and heavy on quotable, pithy observations.
  14. 60
    High Fidelity wants to be hip, but it's comically square.
  15. The humor about male neurosis doesn't try to remind you of Woody Allen at every turn.
  16. 90
    Every single actor here rises to the occasion.
  17. A smart, funny, and youth-savvy relationship film.
  18. (Cusack) has never been more effective onscreen.
  19. 100
    It's so spry and lively and warm that you want to dance to it.
  20. 88
    The movie is, to borrow Rob's phrase, unassailably cool.
  21. It's aimed squarely at a young dating audience, and is not likely to be hugely captivating for anyone out of that demographic.
  22. When director Stephen Frears worked with (Jack Black), he must have yelled "Let 'er rip!" instead of "Action!"
  23. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Sad, funny, brilliant.
  24. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    Cusack is a master at playing smart, frazzled, self-flagellating hipsters, and the movie, propelled by his arias of angst, lets him strut his best stuff.
  25. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Trenchantly witty and acutely insightful.
  26. 63
    Isn't all that romantic and is only half as funny as it thinks it is.
  27. 74
    Even if it sometimes skips, it's consistently wittier and more idiosyncratic that most studio movies.
  28. 40
    It may seem perverse to fault a movie for being too accurate, but when surface accuracy is coupled with tunnel vision about self and society the result is a wee bit irritating.
  29. Reviewed by: John Hartl
    Hilarious and high-spirited.
  30. Reviewed by: Tom Keogh
    The extent to which Black and Louiso help make this film terribly witty and caustic and worth every minute of its almost two-hour running time is immeasurable.
  31. Reviewed by: Steve Simels
    One of the sharpest and emotionally resonant romantic comedies in what seems like years.
  32. 80
    High Fidelity’s hip structure and offbeat characters provide consistent laughs and a good time.
  33. Reviewed by: Marc Caro
    Easily cracks the top five list of reasons to go to the movies these days - and defies categories in doing so.
  34. Reviewed by: Zac Crane
    The film is so much like the book, it might as well come with a bookmark to hold your place when you step outside to use the restroom.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 74 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 22
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 22
  3. Negative: 3 out of 22
  1. Jun 8, 2014
    This is an underrated movie in my opinion. The dialogue in the music store and the structure of the flashbacks is very interesting and funny. Considering that I just caught this movie on TV and was not expecting anything, I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone wanting a light-hearted comedy. Full Review »
  2. May 4, 2014
    High Fidelity is a fantastic romantic-comedy that perfectly captures the spirit of relationships gone sour. All set to a celebration of amazing alt-rock. For a certain generation, this film hits home hard. I am of that generation. Great stuff! Full Review »
  3. May 13, 2013
    This would make my Top 5.
    The secret to making a good film is the soundtrack and this film nails it. Its a story of heartache, love and the
    bits inbetween told pretty much first person by a Record Store owner.
    The characters in the film are padded out well and do draw you in and you begin to feel who they are rather than empty vessels. There are some nice little double take moments and moments where the plot is directly told to camera. These feel correct in the context of the film and explain emotions and thoughts of the people on screen. Casting fits well with Jack Black doing his normal over the top character, John cusack as the confused Store owner. Even a Cameo by 'The Boss' Bruce Springsteen does not feel out of place. All in all a good solid film which I have watched several times and enjoyed them all.
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