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A Prairie Home Companion Reviews

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Nick Pinkerton
Stop Smiling
March 5, 2014
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.
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
April 20, 2011
...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 | Original Score: C+
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
August 24, 2010
It looks and feels like an Altman film, but one made completely on a pointless lark.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Fernando F. Croce
August 30, 2009
Life is fleeting, but A Prairie Home Companion, slender and perfect, proves that art endures as a reminder of it
Dan Callahan
Bright Lights Film Journal
November 25, 2008
It is obviously the film of a master and certainly feels like a swan song.
Richard Luck
August 13, 2008
Swan songs are seldom as sweet or melodic as A Prairie Home Companion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
The movie is a shaggy-dog trifle, but it's a sweet and lovely one.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robert Davis
Paste Magazine
June 8, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
Brandon Fibbs
February 28, 2008
...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 | Original Score: 7/10
Karina Longworth
February 1, 2008
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.
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Alternatively wistful and satirical, Prairie isn't an Altman classic, but it's a fine time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kam Williams
Richmond Post
June 16, 2007
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
June 3, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Rex Roberts
Film Journal International
February 22, 2007
[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.
Dan Jardine
January 20, 2007
Plenty of artistry, even if it is a minor Altman film. So long, Robert.
Full Review | Original Score: 80/100
Matthew Leyland
January 9, 2007
It's a warm and dignified end to a sometimes erratic but often enthralling career.
Philip French
January 6, 2007
It's a lovely and loving film.
Top Critic
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 6, 2007
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.
Matthew Turner
January 4, 2007
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 4, 2007
Just lovely, and a magnificently enjoyable coda to an extraordinary career.
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