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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Altman clarifies a convoluted plot with a magician's ease, creates an atmosphere that brims with the pleasures of the unexpected and explores character nuances. show more

  • 100
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    Altman has delivered a lot of surprises in his long directing career, and his new comedy, Cookie's Fortune, is one of the most refreshing -- not because it's so good, but because it's so sweet and affectionate. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Fortune is smiling down on veteran filmmaker Robert Altman with Cookie's Fortune. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Has no ragged edges or bothersome detours, and flows from surprise to delight. At the end, when just desserts are handed out, it arrives at a kind of perfection. show more

  • 100
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    An absolute delight, one of the most sheerly pleasurable movies Altman has ever made. It's wry, jokey and sexy, a tart and delectable entertainment. And, like most of Altman's best work, it's graced with a top-notch ensemble of first-class [9 April 1999, Friday, p.A] show more

  • 100
    Wesley Morris San Francisco Examiner

    Meanders around Holly Springs, Mississippi, with the fuzzy benevolence of a Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Altman is one of very few directors who could have assembled such a superb ensemble, and he makes the most of it from first scene to last. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    As a source of light pleasure and solid laughs, it delivers. This particular cookie may not fill the belly, but it goes down easy. show more

  • 75
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    A trifle compared to Robert Altman's great films -- But it's a very assured trifle, and an unusually good-natured Altman film. show more

  • 50
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    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. show more

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