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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+
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 7, 2006
Despite a folksy, low-key appeal, this movie is likely to primarily interest fans of Garrison Keillor's popular radio program.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
June 8, 2006
Don't expect the biting satire of "Nashville," though. This movie is pretty much an inside job.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 12, 2006
Either you like that brand of music and humor or you don't. I am not a huge fan.
Brian Orndorf
FilmJerk.com
June 8, 2006
Keillor has managed to tamper with his homegrown formula in ways that will put the casual viewer to sleep and perhaps confuse his fervent fanbase to a point of complete disinterest.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
June 4, 2006
"A Prairie Home Companion" is a cringe-worthy Robert Altman movie because it lacks all traces of the director's former glory. You could blame Garrison Keillor but that would be giving him too much credit.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
June 8, 2006
At its best, it's a gentle meditation on mortality. But at weaker moments it feels meandering and strangely empty.
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
June 9, 2006
It's Lindsay Lohan who appears relaxed rather than desperate to be funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Rubin Safaya
Cinemalogue.com
June 9, 2006
...the film is so busy coddling itself in colloquial humor and Keillor's conjured up diatribes that, from one Minnesotan to you, isn't funny in it's own right. The humor depends largely on whether or not you've been a fan of the original show.
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
October 7, 2006
...essentially a sentimental musical comedy, with the barest rudiments of a story lingering in the background.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
June 8, 2006
A Prairie Home Companion tries to embrace the spirit of that longtime radio series but suffocates the very qualities that make the original show so special in the first place.
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
June 9, 2006
Streep's work aside, you can pretty much get all that's worth having out of the film by skipping it entirely and buying the soundtrack album.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
June 9, 2006
Sketchy, rambling, tune-filled -- and, at best, mildly entertaining.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 9, 2006
For the rest of us, this is a woebegone world we not only don't know but don't particularly want to visit.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 9, 2006
This is not one of the good Altmans. This isn't even one of the mediocre Altmans. No, the cinema's girl with the curl is back, and this time he's very, very bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Kevin Biggers
FilmStew.com
June 9, 2006
Instead of giving us something forceful or poignant, Altman seems to prefer a sort of objective curtain, shrouding the story and the characters.
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
Tony Medley
tonymedley.com
June 7, 2006
I didn't laugh once, but I tapped my feet a lot to the rhythm of the captivating music.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Sean McBride
Sean the Movie Guy
June 16, 2006
Fans of Keillor's radio show may love it, but it's just not engaging enough to satisfy the rest of us.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
June 15, 2006
Keillor and Altman's eccentric duet is closer to Hollywood than St. Paul -- and more dirge than celebration.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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