A Prairie Home Companion Reviews

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June 5, 2019
A warm, witty ode to ends, beginnings and everything in between.
January 5, 2018
There is a great movie in A Prairie Home Companion, which is based on Garrison Keillor's long-running radio show. Meryl Streep gives an amazing performance as a country singer.
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.
August 30, 2009
Life is fleeting, but A Prairie Home Companion, slender and perfect, proves that art endures as a reminder of it
November 25, 2008
It is obviously the film of a master and certainly feels like a swan song.
August 13, 2008
Swan songs are seldom as sweet or melodic as A Prairie Home Companion.
August 7, 2008
The movie is a shaggy-dog trifle, but it's a sweet and lovely one.
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.
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.
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.
July 14, 2007
Alternatively wistful and satirical, Prairie isn't an Altman classic, but it's a fine time.
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.
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.
January 20, 2007
Plenty of artistry, even if it is a minor Altman film. So long, Robert.
January 9, 2007
It's a warm and dignified end to a sometimes erratic but often enthralling career.
January 6, 2007
It's a lovely and loving film.
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.
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.
January 4, 2007
Just lovely, and a magnificently enjoyable coda to an extraordinary career.
December 30, 2006
This ode to a bygone style of entertainment is a fitting swan song for Altman.
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