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David Ansen
April 7, 2016
It's a funny/scary vision, with a manic edge -- which is why, when you come down from the high of the filmmaking, you may be left with the taste of ashes in your mouth. Altman's artistry can make you happy even when his art offers cold comfort.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 22, 2012
We are never made to care much about the afflicted characters because Altman doesn't and thereby the stories carry very little weight.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Emanuel Levy
April 28, 2011
The epidosic (by necessity) movie is uneven, but some of the stories are poignant and the acting always compelling
Full Review | Original Score: B

February 27, 2008
Performances are low key but accomplished, comedy and tragedy are delicately balanced and the whole thing has the feel of a sprawling but very absorbing soap.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
February 27, 2008
Cool, clever and complex, Altman succeeds in bringing out the best from a highly talented cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Todd McCarthy
February 27, 2008
As the grand ringmaster, it's here that Altman passes the baton to his actors , whose behavioral insights are critical to the film's success.

TV Guide
February 27, 2008
The film is fascinating and complex, and benefits from a densely textured soundtrack that makes it as interesting to listen to as to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
February 27, 2008
Inevitably it's a mixed bag, though the film's assurance in keeping it all coherent is at times exhilarating.
Steve Crum
February 22, 2008
Not prime Altman, but weaves an interesting path due to many sub-plots.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
From the exhilarating opening, you know Altman's epic 'adaptation' of eight stories and a poem by Raymond Carver is going to be special.
Cole Smithey
October 10, 2005
Altman weaves magic from Carver's character-rich material.
| Original Score: 4/5
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 8, 2005
An absolutely brilliant, 3-hour examination of detached, dysfunctional behavior in modern America. Easily one of Altman's best films.
| Original Score: 4/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
February 14, 2005
Robert Altman revisited Nashville territory, and surpassed it, with this 1993 masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
December 8, 2004
The interwoven stories articulate a virus of self-absorbtion that's overtaken family-lives, romances and friendships.
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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
November 24, 2004
Rarely has a slice-of-life film been so delicious to consume.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Michael Dequina
January 5, 2004
Robert Altman manages to make the separate units into a seamless whole, aided by an impressive ensemble cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
John Esther
Pasadena Weekly
August 22, 2003
One of the great films of the 1990s
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
August 20, 2003
If you enjoy all the subpar rip-offs that came later, like Magnolia, do yourself a favor and see this movie now.
| Original Score: 4/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
August 17, 2003
A banquet of delicious performances, a sharp situational comedy, and an acrid send-up of contemporary mores.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
The lives are often desperate and the characters inarticulate, but the group portrait is as grandly, sometimes as hilariously, realized as anything the director has ever done.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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