26. Short Cuts (1993)

Leonard Maltin's Rating :
Should be :

IMDB Rating : 7.7

Rotten Tomatoes Rating : 94%

Rotten Tomatoes Synopsis : " American maverick director Robert Altman weaves a tapestry of interlocking tales set against the seedy backdrop of contemporary middle-class Los Angeles. The result is a sweeping motion picture that also stands as an important sociological artifact of late 20th century Los Angeles life."

Leonard says in his mordant review : "Mordant mosaic of unpleasant, unhappy lives in Southern California." He goes on to say : "As a feat - a directorial achievement - it's something to behold and admire, but as entertainment it's less rewarding."

I am stunned that Leonard wouldn't recommend the masterpiece. He must really have a low opinion of his target audience. He should give this great film 4 stars and then add a postscript that it is challenging and not for all viewers.

Does Mr. Maltin give 2 1/2 stars to Bresson, Dreyer and Bergman movies? I think not. What an insult to the great American master.