Nashville Reviews

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Arthur Knight
Hollywood Reporter
July 6, 2015
Certainly, for the American cinema, it is the most epochal event since Orson Welles' Citizen Kane.
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
April 18, 2014
Some characters are odious while others are sympathetic, but every last one manages to provide contrast and depth to Altman's view of an America in which the boundaries between politics and entertainment are all but nonexistent.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Andrew Sarris
Village Voice
January 15, 2013
I hate to go out on a limb after only one viewing, but Nashville strikes me as Altman's best film, and the most exciting dramatic musical since Blue Angel.
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Molly Haskell
Village Voice
January 15, 2013
I think that the power and the theme of the film lie in the fact that while some characters are more "major" than others, they are all subordinated to the music itself. It's like a river, running through the film, running through their life.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
March 3, 2012
[VIDEO ESSAY] In 1975 Robert Altman painted filmic satire on a grand scale with "Nashville."
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Michael Nordine
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
October 25, 2011
Other Altman films prove that the director knew how to be elliptical without being presumptuous or overly disjointed. Nashville serves as an unfortunate counterexample.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 21, 2008
In its ambitions to say something big and different about the American political scene rises to the occasion to be a fascinating technical achievement ... .
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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Don Druker
Chicago Reader
June 27, 2007
A rare and puzzling movie: beautiful and cruel, passionate but strangely shallow.
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Variety Staff
Variety
June 27, 2007
Nashville is one of Altman's best films, free of the rambling insider fooling around that sometimes mars entire chunks of every second or third picture.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
May 9, 2007
One of the most challenging American films ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
September 16, 2006
One of the 1970s most complexly constructed films, Nashville tackles the music industry and American politics in satirical, innovative ways by the use of large ensemble, overlapping dialogue, imporov acting, and songs written and sung by the actors.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
A masterpiece.
Jonathan Romney
Independent
March 7, 2005
Nashville effectively founded the school of American improv-ensemble cinema.
Tom Dawson
BBC.com
December 21, 2004
[Nashville] looks forward to our contemporary obsession with celebrities and to politics itself becoming a form of show business. Unmissable.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
It's a film that a lot of other directors will wish they'd had the brilliance to make.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
January 10, 2003
[Altman] never really spends enough time with any one character to make you care about them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 31, 2002
The acting is entirely unaffected. Every performance rings true, whether from an experienced actor or a neophyte.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4

Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
Intriguing, absorbing and always entertaining.
Andrew Howe
eFilmCritic.com
February 14, 2002
See it, think about it, then see it again. It's the voice of America, and the passage of time has done nothing to dull its clarity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Mike Gower
Apollo Guide
July 25, 2001
If Nashville doesn't offer great new insights, it makes obvious many themes that a country might prefer to keep off-screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 88/100
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