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  • Summary: Director Robert Altman and writer Garrison Keillor join forces with an all-star cast to create a comic backstage fable, A Prairie Home Companion, about a fictitious radio variety show that has managed to survive in the age of television. (Picturehouse)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 38
  2. Negative: 1 out of 38
  1. 100
    What a lovely film this is, so gentle and whimsical, so simple and profound.
  2. Both magical and consistently joyous. The director, Robert Altman, and the writer, Garrison Keillor, have, against all odds, transmuted the fatigued public radio institution into a lovely fable about mortality, fleeting fame, fondness for the past and the ineffable beauty of life in the present.
  3. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    90
    Sometimes you forget how great an actor is, then he or she is reborn in an Altman movie.
  4. 75
    It's a breezy, homespun, relaxing thing...watching this laid-back picture feels, oddly enough, like a vacation from movies.
  5. 70
    It's by no means the greatest Altman, and not even a great Altman. And yet, even though it was written and conceived by Garrison Keillor -- as a fanciful fiction that draws on elements of his popular radio show -- it is somehow pure Altman.
  6. 63
    Overall, the film falls into some comforting cocoon midway between affectionate spoof and adoring homage, much like Keillor's warmly nostalgic show.
  7. This is not one of the good Altmans. This isn't even one of the mediocre Altmans.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 55
  2. Negative: 20 out of 55