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  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 100

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    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    Kansas 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.

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  • 40

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    The Hollywood Reporter

    It's not a trip of ''Nashville'' sweep. In fact, it's closer to Dullsville. [13 May 1996]

  • 63

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    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Though Kansas City has its share of arresting moments, the production as a whole is too superficial to be considered amongst the director's best work.

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  • 67

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    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    So much is satisfying in KC that its shortcomings are all the more discordant.

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  • 75

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    What 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.

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  • 88

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    USA Today Mike Clark

    Though the music is helping market the movie, it's really an omnipresent backdrop to the two intersecting stories. Audibly and visibly, Kansas City nearly equals Ed Wood for period verisimilitude. Yet it's also character-driven, in particular by the women stars. [16 Aug 1996, p.4D]

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