Cookie's Fortune

Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28

Critic Reviews

  1. Won't go down as Robert Altman's most memorable movie. But it's a pleasant affair, whose greatest assets are its unhurried, benevolent atmosphere and the quiet, gem-like moments that occur among its characters.
  2. 60
    Cookie's Fortune, for all its faults, is a welcome respite. In the uneven hands of Altman, you're better off with a flawed bit of fluff than an outright atrocity.
  3. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    60
    The film mostly simmers.
  4. Seems to go sideways as often as it goes forward. Altman can't help noticing things more interesting than the story.
  5. 50
    Long before it ends, its leisurely immersion in the Mississippi Delta has turned downright lukewarm and even chilly.
  6. 50
    Not even Altman's loose-limbed shooting style can redeem Cookie’s Fortune, a bafflingly pointless farce that belongs more properly in the vaudeville halls than on the director's sporadically lustrous résumé.
  7. Despite some lovely performances (though, sad to say, Patricia Neal's isn't one of them) and charming moments, this meandering ensemble piece and its Tennessee Williams-ish finale is oddly out of character.
  8. None of the film is exciting, and, despite the preeningly smooth flow of the story, little of it is interesting.

Awards & Rankings

User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jul 14, 2015
    8
    COOKIE’S FORTUNE is maestro Robert Altman’s lesser known work, an outlandish comedy about an intrigue deriving from Cookie (Neal)’s suicide inCOOKIE’S FORTUNE is maestro Robert Altman’s lesser known work, an outlandish comedy about an intrigue deriving from Cookie (Neal)’s suicide in a small town in Mississippi. It is a sterling ensemble piece and Anne Rapp’s satirical script excels in mockery of the Presbyterian church and the provincial racism while Altman is mostly at ease with the straightforward storyline.

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  2. Jul 13, 2012
    9
    Great actors, nice rural location, great music. Actors interact well. Many characters could easily be over acted, but were perfect. ChrisGreat actors, nice rural location, great music. Actors interact well. Many characters could easily be over acted, but were perfect. Chris O'Donnell's character is one where the acting could have gone wrong so easily, yet I love the way his character is, and I care for the character he plays. Full Review »