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

A Prairie Home Companion Reviews

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Thomas K June 30, 2014
Like Bunuel mellowed in a most attractive way for the final stage of his illustrious career. There's nothing about this film that I don't like, from the material, to the talented cast and, finally to the ease in which Altman goes about his business. A great film.
Steve D June 15, 2007
Boring at times but the cast is so good they carry it anyway
Jack S May 3, 2014
I thought it was a great movie. Robert Altman is one of the best directors ever. The scenes that were extremely special included Meryl Streep, Lindsay Lohan, Lily Tomlin, Tommy Lee Jones, and Woody Garrelson.
K. Davis K. Davis ½ March 12, 2014
With "A Prairie Home Companion" Altman went out in fine form, aided by a great cast, a funny script and an interesting array of songs ("Bad Jokes" anyone?) and interludes about a fine selection of high quality goods.
Jaime R February 26, 2014
Don't let the 59% Audience Rating fool you, Altman's final film should be regarded as one of his finest.
Sheridan P ½ February 20, 2014
Lots of big names, some awesome songs, and some dirty little jokes :)
Super K ½ April 16, 2007
One of those sweet movies you don't want to end.
Matt M October 28, 2013
Based on a true story, this film follows the final episode of a popular country music radio show, hosted by Keillor who plays a fictionalised version of himself, which is cancelled after corporate bigwigs buy the Fitzgerald theatre in which the show was hosted. The final film of the legendary auteur Robert Altman. It certainly has all the theatrica spontaneousness that is easily associated with its filmmaker, and quite a charming timeless atmosphere. Nevertheless, it's not the most compelling of dramas and its emotional and psychological complexity is not at all as deep as it should probably have been.
Charlotte F October 28, 2013
The most wonderful movie ever. Something for everyone.
starlett2005 starlett2005 ½ October 15, 2013
A Prairie Home Companion is a decent film. It is about the look at what goes on backstage during the last broadcast of America's most celebrated radio show. Lindsay Lohan and Meryl Streep give good performance. The screenplay is enjoyable but a little slow in places. Robert Altman did an alright job directing this movie. I liked this motion picture because of the drama and music.
Jeremy S September 21, 2013
A great last hoorah from Altman. This is a special, very much American movie, very warm and humorous, with moments of tragedy at hand. The ensemble cast is terrific, especially Meryl Streep, the hilarious Woody Harrelson and John C. Reilly, and of course Keillor himself. A worthy way to end a great career.
Stephen E
Super Reviewer
½ September 19, 2013
Robert Altman is the only one who could have directed 'A Prairie Home Companion' and pulled it off, and he did. He's the only that can make people-watching so interesting. The entire cast is in top form, but this is Altman's show. The ensemble cast, the overlapping dialogue, the camera that essentially acts as a third party to all that's going on - it's all quite wonderful to watch.
Film  Fanatic Film Fanatic August 5, 2013
Fun & easy watching.Family movie with music & story & jokes..Good stars.
Amy S June 16, 2006
The cast just looks so good, I think I have to see it.
Christopher M ½ June 7, 2013
Pretty good movie, Lindsay Lohan sucked though!
Joey S May 13, 2013
Fun movie about nothing.
Christopher B ½ April 16, 2013
Robert Altman, Keillor, and a grand supporting cast. The story is "How to live within the microcosm that is A Prairie Home Companion", and who cares what the plot is? Though the pace is somewhat faster than Keillor's stories, even those unfamiliar with NPR should enjoy this one. This script is an exact replica of factual stories (after a couple months on the rumour treadmill). Pass the biscuits, please.
Jennifer K March 29, 2013
it was nice to act in it
Dann M
Super Reviewer
½ January 28, 2013
A Prairie Home Companion is a nostalgic love letter to old time variety radio. Directed by Robert Altman and written by Garrison Keillor, the film follows the last performance of the radio variety show A Prairie Home Companion as the staff struggles to deal with the show's closing. The all-star cast features Kevin Kline, Tommy Lee Jones, Virginia Madsen, Woody Harrelson, and Lindsey Lohan; who all deliver wonderful performances. Both the story and the performances are engrossing, and really bring the audience into the lives of these characters. Additionally, the music is exceptionally well done; setting the perfect atmosphere for the show and embodying the feel of old time radio. Majestic and heartfelt, A Prairie Home Companion is a beautiful film that homages a lost part of Americana.
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