Singles (1992) - Rotten Tomatoes


Singles (1992)



Critic Consensus: Smart, funny, and engagingly scruffy, Singles is a clear-eyed look at modern romance that doubles as a credible grunge-era time capsule.

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Set amidst the burgeoning Seattle alternative music scene of the early '90s, Singles follows a group of twentysomethings as they try to find love and try to come to terms with their passage into adulthood. Arranged as an episodic comedy, the film follows a group of friends who live in the same apartment building and hang out at the same coffee shop. The central couple is Steve Dunne (Campbell Scott) and Linda Powell (Kyra Sedgwick), a pair who meet at an Alice In Chains concert and eventually fall in love. Singles follows the tumultuous relationship between Steve and Linda and their friendship with Janet Livermore (Bridget Fonda), who is trying to win the affection of grunge-rocker Cliff Poncier (Matt Dillon). The film also has a number of cameos, including actors Eric Stoltz, Tom Skerritt, Peter Horton, director Tim Burton and the film's author/director, Cameron Crowe. From the musical side of the fence, Singles features appearances by Sub Pop executive Bruce Pavitt, musicians Chris Cornell (Soundgarden), Pat DiNizio (Smithereens), Tad (Tad), and Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Jeff Ament, and Stone Gossard, who play Dillon's backing band, Citizen Dick.

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Bridget Fonda
as Janet Livermore
Campbell Scott
as Steve Dunne
Kyra Sedgwick
as Linda Powell
Sheila Kelley
as Debbie Hunt
Jim True-Frost
as David Bailey
Matt Dillon
as Cliff Poncier
Bill Pullman
as Dr. Jamison
Jeremy Piven
as Doug Hughley
Tom Skerritt
as Mayor Weber
Bill Smille
as Boston Doctor
Bill Smillie
as Boston Doctor
Chuck McQuary
as Garage Opener Clerk
Matt Magnano
as 1st Kid
Jaffar Smith
as 2nd Kid
Dana Eskelson
as Club Girl
Mykol Hazsen
as Club Bouncer
Art Cahn
as Magazine Stand Clerk
Jane Jones
as Denise
Paul Giamatti
as Kissing Man
Alicia Roper
as Kissing Woman
Wayne Cody
as Himself
Cameron Crowe
as Club Interviewer
Thomas "Tad" A. Doyle
as Wrong Phone Number
Alice Marie Crowe
as Dr. Jamison's Nurse
Joan Giammarco
as Receptionist
Tom Francis
as Deputy Mayor
Jerry Ziesmer
as Councilman Jordan Fisher
Nina Escudero
as Airline Clerk
Dan Wartman
as Single Kid on Plane
Amy Hill
as Hospital Nurse
Lara Harris
as Poetess (Outtakes)
Debi Mazar
as Brenda (Outtakes)
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Critic Reviews for Singles

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (19)

It's like a catalog of everything Crowe had to offer back in the early 1990s, from detailed evocations of place and time to the characters' pronouncements about popular culture.

April 6, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

This is one happy-ending romance that doesn't feel forced. You can't help getting into the spirit of it.

May 19, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

This is romantic comedy of the wispiest kind, but the picture is generous, graceful, and consistently funny.

May 19, 2014 | Full Review…

There's a genial untidiness about Singles, but it's unified by Crowe's affection for his characters, and by the terrific Paul Westerberg music track, which plays like a pulse-beat to these people's lives.

May 19, 2014 | Full Review…

There is something new here, and very fresh.

May 19, 2014 | Rating: 3/4

Crowe doesn't add much to the general discussion, but he's assembled an attractive cast and seems to have a genuine affection for the young people on the screen.

May 19, 2014 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Singles


Good movie.

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

I caught this on TV one day a long time ago, I thought it was pretty boring. I only watched it for the cameo from Tim Burton, which was cool, but the rest of the movie wasn't anything special. Overall, it's okay.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer


The story of a circle of friends in Seattle during the grunge era of the early 90s and their adventures with dating, work and friendship. Sure, the look is somewhat dated and one has to wonder how people ever thought such clothes looked good on them. The soundtrack, on the other hand, is still one of the finest ever, with timeless bands like Pearl Jam, Alice in chains and Soundgarden appearing in guest roles in this film that grasps the feeling of that time so perfectly while saying a lot of timeless truths about the relationships between men and women. The acting is great, the dialoges funny and true, the characters real and likable. Cameron Crowe soon after directed in a higher league but already showed his talent here. A movie like a comfortable old blanket you still love after all these years.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

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