A Prairie Home Companion Reviews

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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.
August 24, 2010
It looks and feels like an Altman film, but one made completely on a pointless lark.
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.
October 7, 2006
...essentially a sentimental musical comedy, with the barest rudiments of a story lingering in the background.
July 1, 2006
It's all pleasant, mildly amusing, and mostly of interest to fans of the radio show. Others may find it less than riveting.
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.
June 15, 2006
Keillor and Altman's eccentric duet is closer to Hollywood than St. Paul -- and more dirge than celebration.
June 12, 2006
Either you like that brand of music and humor or you don't. I am not a huge fan.
June 10, 2006
Between Robert Altman, Garrison Keillor and all the award winning actors just waiting to use all their drama school techniques, there's no room for anyone looking for entertainment or insight.
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.
June 9, 2006
If Companion were merely an exercise in styles, it would be a complete success. Problems arise in conjuring a storyline to fill the space between acts, or to give the movie an arc.
June 9, 2006
While Altman's signature spontaneity conveys the danger of a live broadcast, the puncturing irreverence that made his films from Nashville to Gosford Park so devilishly fun has been neutered by Keillor's sentimentality.
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.
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.
June 9, 2006
Sketchy, rambling, tune-filled -- and, at best, mildly entertaining.
June 9, 2006
If this dull, cramped and literal film is any indication, Keillor's sturdy and expansive sense of imagination defies physical manifestation.
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.
June 9, 2006
A gentle, graceful movie so preoccupied with death and the end of things that it seems like the work of a man politely preparing his own funeral service -- corny jokes included -- to save his loved ones the trouble.
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.
June 9, 2006
You might call A Prairie Home Companion an unlikely Lindsay Lohan movie. You could also call it the best work she's done, the best work she's likely to do, or the best chance she's had to do good work.
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