• PG-13, 1 hr. 45 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Robert Altman
    In Theaters:
    Jun 9, 2006 Wide
    On DVD:
    Nov 9, 2004
  • Picturehouse


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A Prairie Home Companion Reviews

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Nick Pinkerton
Stop Smiling

It's remarkable how charitable, on the whole, this movie feels; in all of the previous examples, the vision of pop and people is at best tangled, at worst jaundiced.

Full Review Source: Stop Smiling

March 5, 2014
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

...for the uninitiated, the story meanders far too much to resonate, and Altman's relentless focus on mortality dampens the show's amiable charm.

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: C+

April 20, 2011
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer

It looks and feels like an Altman film, but one made completely on a pointless lark.

Full Review Source: Cinema Writer | Original Score: 2/4

August 24, 2010
Fernando F. Croce

Life is fleeting, but A Prairie Home Companion, slender and perfect, proves that art endures as a reminder of it

Full Review Source: CinePassion

August 30, 2009
Dan Callahan
Bright Lights Film Journal

It is obviously the film of a master and certainly feels like a swan song.

Full Review Source: Bright Lights Film Journal

November 25, 2008
Richard Luck

Swan songs are seldom as sweet or melodic as A Prairie Home Companion.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 13, 2008
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

The movie is a shaggy-dog trifle, but it's a sweet and lovely one.

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 4/5

August 7, 2008
Robert Davis
Paste Magazine

Altman's star-studded cast is natural and energetic -- with the exception of a surprisingly detached Keillor -- and the Hollywood folks mingle easily, in character, among the real show's performers, a technique Altman perfected in Nashville.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 8, 2008
Brandon Fibbs

...a lovely and bittersweet fable about morality, the fleetingness of fame, drawing strength from the past and finding the inevitable beauty in the darkest of situations.

Full Review Source: BrandonFibbs.com | Original Score: 7/10

February 28, 2008
Karina Longworth

In its neatest trick of all, the script circumvents any criticism of its lack of timeliness by very literally casting the proceedings under a shadow of death.

Full Review Source: Cinematical

February 1, 2008
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound

Alternatively wistful and satirical, Prairie isn't an Altman classic, but it's a fine time.

Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 14, 2007
Kam Williams
Richmond Post

This adaptation is highly-recommended for loyal devotees of the long-running radio show as a cinematic capstone on Keillor's magnificent career.

Full Review Source: Richmond Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 16, 2007
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total

La despedida de Robert Altman no está entre lo mejor de su obra, pero es una cálida evocación de tiempos y ritos pasados animada por un atractivo elenco.

Full Review Source: Uruguay Total | Original Score: 2/5

June 3, 2007
Rex Roberts
Film Journal International

[Altman's] trademark techniques...lend themselves perfectly to the setting, but his ability to coax remarkable performances from an array of actors has rarely served him better.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

February 22, 2007
Dan Jardine

Plenty of artistry, even if it is a minor Altman film. So long, Robert.

Full Review Source: Cinemania | Original Score: 80/100

January 20, 2007
Matthew Leyland

It's a warm and dignified end to a sometimes erratic but often enthralling career.

Full Review Source: BBC.com

January 9, 2007
Philip French

It's a lovely and loving film.

Full Review Source: Guardian

January 6, 2007
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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The movie, redolent of death, is a sort of wake, but a funny-sad one, teeming with music, corny jokes, and an ensemble of gifted performers who appear to be having an obscene amount of fun in one another's company.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

January 6, 2007
Matthew Turner

A fitting swansong for Altman's career, this is an enjoyable comedy drama with strong performances, lively musical numbers and a handful of decent jokes.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 4/5

January 4, 2007
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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Just lovely, and a magnificently enjoyable coda to an extraordinary career.

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 4, 2007
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