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Based on 38 Reviews
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  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Take a swig of this moonshine. There's magic in it. show more

  • 25
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    This is not one of the good Altmans. This isn't even one of the mediocre Altmans. show more

  • 50
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    At its best, it's a gentle meditation on mortality. But at weaker moments it feels meandering and strangely empty. show more

  • 90
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    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. show more

  • 63
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    I'm not sure that the endearing charms of the assorted fogeys and whelps add up to a movie. But I always enjoy how Altman weaves the warp of professional life with the weft of the personal. show more

  • 75
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    People unfamiliar with either man may think Altman is mocking Keillor and his 32-year-old radio program here. But, it is pure affection, and the movie is as much up-tempo, irresistible fun to watch as the show is to hear. show more

  • 90
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    Not since Woody Allen's "Radio Days" has anyone created such a cinematic Valentine to the wonderfully imaginative medium of radio as A Prairie Home Companion. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    What a lovely film this is, so gentle and whimsical, so simple and profound. show more

  • 88
    Glenn Kenny Premiere

    As for this film's esteemed director, I don't remember getting such sheer pleasure out of an Altman movie since . . . hmm, lemme look at the filmo . . . hmm—"The Player"? Not so much . . . "O.C. and Stiggs"? I wish . . . Um, "Popeye"? More likely, but . . . Ah-"A Wedding." Yeah, that’s it, "A Wedding." Whoa. That was, like, almost 30 years ago. show more

  • 88
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    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. show more

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