High Fidelity

Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35

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Critic Reviews

  1. 100
    Causes us to leave the theater quite unreasonably happy.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    100
    Trenchantly witty and acutely insightful.
  3. 100
    A guaranteed pleasure for anyone who ever loved pop music, owned a record collection or suffered in love
  4. Philadelphia Inquirer
    Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    100
    With its knowing take on men, messed-up romance and music, is like one long, hook-filled pop song for the eyes.
  5. Portland Oregonian
    Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    100
    It's so spry and lively and warm that you want to dance to it.
  6. A sharp and satisfying romantic comedy.
  7. 90
    Every single actor here rises to the occasion.
  8. Reviewed by: John Hartl
    90
    Hilarious and high-spirited.
  9. 90
    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.
  10. Reviewed by: Tom Keogh
    90
    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.
  11. Witty, exquisitely fine-tuned screen adaptation of Nick Hornby's 1995 novel
  12. Boston Globe
    Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    88
    Sad, funny, brilliant.
  13. New York Post
    Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    88
    The quirky High Fidelity really deserves being called the first must-see movie of the century.
  14. (Cusack) has never been more effective onscreen.
  15. Like laughing into a mirror for 113 minutes.
  16. Baltimore Sun
    Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    88
    The movie is, to borrow Rob's phrase, unassailably cool.
  17. When director Stephen Frears worked with (Jack Black), he must have yelled "Let 'er rip!" instead of "Action!"
  18. TNT RoughCut
    Reviewed by: Tom Cappello
    80
    High Fidelity’s hip structure and offbeat characters provide consistent laughs and a good time.
  19. Rolling Stone
    Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    80
    All the pieces hang together. You can't say that about many movies.
  20. Newsweek
    Reviewed by: David Ansen
    80
    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.
  21. 80
    (Cusack)'s genius, however, is in his continual ability to be the most likeable of everymen.
  22. A smart, funny, and youth-savvy relationship film.
  23. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Marc Caro
    75
    Easily cracks the top five list of reasons to go to the movies these days - and defies categories in doing so.
  24. It's aimed squarely at a young dating audience, and is not likely to be hugely captivating for anyone out of that demographic.
  25. Mr. Showbiz
    Reviewed by: Kevin Maynard
    74
    Even if it sometimes skips, it's consistently wittier and more idiosyncratic that most studio movies.
  26. One of the sharpest and emotionally resonant romantic comedies in what seems like years.
  27. The humor about male neurosis doesn't try to remind you of Woody Allen at every turn.
  28. For all its music-trivia affection, High Fidelity is finally a pretty thin melody.
  29. Miami Herald
    Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    63
    Ultimately too slight for its own good: It's a genial little doodle, light on plot and heavy on quotable, pithy observations.
  30. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Susan Wloszczyna
    63
    Isn't all that romantic and is only half as funny as it thinks it is.
  31. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    60
    It's almost criminal the way the central relationship of High Fidelity has been left such a void.
  32. 60
    High Fidelity wants to be hip, but it's comically square.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 141 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 23
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 23
  3. Negative: 3 out of 23
  1. Apr 6, 2016
    7
    High Fidelity is a give and a take. More give than take, though. Stephen Frears delivers discrete direction here. I had no idea it was hisHigh Fidelity is a give and a take. More give than take, though. Stephen Frears delivers discrete direction here. I had no idea it was his film. John Cusack is great, but his character is annoying prick who falls into a good life. Yet, the film does enough to show us there is more to him that explains his actions. The characterization here is very well done and very in-depth. Additionally, his development is very well done and his progression through the film is well handled. There are quite a few unrealistic scenes that hold the film back, but this film is quite well-written and has a ton of heart and will leave you with an infectious smile. Additionally, it has a lot of interesting and accurate commentary on guys of this nature. Jack Black also turns in a fantastic and energetic performance here in a film that, while offering social commentary, is also infused with classic music that really plays well into the infectious nature of the film. Overall, High Fidelity is an unconventional coming of age type film that has a ton of heart and, though imperfect, will leave you smiling. Full Review »
  2. Jun 8, 2014
    9
    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.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 »
  3. May 4, 2014
    8
    High Fidelity is a fantastic romantic-comedy that perfectly captures the spirit of relationships gone sour. All set to a celebration ofHigh 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 »