A Prairie Home Companion Reviews

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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
Just lovely, and a magnificently enjoyable coda to an extraordinary career.
October 8, 2006
A celebration of show business at its purest and most joyful.
June 14, 2006
It sparkles with a magic all its own as an engagingly performed piece of Midwestern whimsy and stoicism. Mr. Altman's flair for ensemble spectacle and seamless improvisation in the midst of utter chaos is as apparent as ever.
June 14, 2006
What a lovely film this is, so gentle and whimsical, so simple and profound.
June 12, 2006
Either you like that brand of music and humor or you don't. I am not a huge fan.
June 9, 2006
Altman and Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion is fittingly both a celebration and a winning example of the joys of collaboration.
June 9, 2006
Pass the Powdermilk Biscuits, slice the pie and serve the corn.
June 9, 2006
It's a tribute to music's power to heal us, to the way a familiar tune brings a comfortable old-shoe smile and the way a group sing-along bonds those within it, creating a community in that moment.
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
A Prairie Home Companion is about small-beer showbiz professionals who face extinction with a smile on their face, a song in their heart, and a biscuit in their belly.
June 9, 2006
The movie brings us an old-fashioned radio variety show, in all its glory, and an old-fashioned Robert Altman movie, all ensemble-and-improvisation.
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
This is a lovely marriage of two of America's wisest cultural observers, native Midwesterners and modern Mark Twains, who value their heritage while occasionally poking it with a stick.
June 9, 2006
Even if you're not a regular listener of Keillor's show A Prairie Home Companion weaves a spell on you. It's a charmer.
June 9, 2006
Nondevotees also should find a home in this agreeable, accessible Companion.
June 9, 2006
A Prairie Home Companion is a meditation on death that has you humming to the melody and laughing at the joke -- it's an elegiac picture that refuses to eulogize.
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