A Prairie Home Companion
A Prairie Home Companion (2006)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: November 9, 2004
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81%
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59%



Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The final film by the great Robert Altman, A Prairie Home Companion, the big screen adaptation of Garrison Keillor's radio broadcast, showcases plenty of the director's strengths: it's got a gigantic cast and plenty of quirky acting and dialogue. Much like the radio show, Companion features clever jokes, rousing tunes, and endearing characters. With strong work from Lindsay Lohan, Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, and Tommy Lee Jones, it's a worthy swan song from one of the cinema's best.

David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

The movie, redolent of death, is a sort of wake, but a funny-sad one, teeming with music, corny jokes, and an ensemble of gifted performers who appear to be having an obscene amount of fun in one another's company.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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

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Nick Pinkerton
Stop Smiling

It's remarkable how charitable, on the whole, this movie feels; in all of the previous examples, the vision of pop and people is at best tangled, at worst jaundiced.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Just lovely, and a magnificently enjoyable coda to an extraordinary career.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

Either you like that brand of music and humor or you don't. I am not a huge fan.

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Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

...for the uninitiated, the story meanders far too much to resonate, and Altman's relentless focus on mortality dampens the show's amiable charm.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

It sparkles with a magic all its own as an engagingly performed piece of Midwestern whimsy and stoicism. Mr. Altman's flair for ensemble spectacle and seamless improvisation in the midst of utter chaos is as apparent as ever.

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Nathan Rabin
AV Club

Altman and Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion is fittingly both a celebration and a winning example of the joys of collaboration.

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Jay Antani
Cinema Writer

It looks and feels like an Altman film, but one made completely on a pointless lark.

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Flixster Audience Score: 59% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
Found some of it funny and charming but given the talents involved I might have hoped for more. Some of the improvs seemed clumsy and I just didn't buy… More
Steven Carrier
"A Prairie Home Companion" is a downright fabulous movie. If you are a fan of the show, the old fashioned country music or the good old days of radio,… More
Graham Jones
Altman's final film is a touching meditation on death and changing of the times. With a great ensemble, Altman delivers his swan song.
Jennifer Xu
This seems like an apt final movie for Altman; it encapsulates cheery homegrown country regionalism and melancholic death/destruction at the same time, all the… More
Chris Weber
First off, Garrison Keillor is a national treasure, and as an occassional listener of the real A Prairie Home Companion, I was delighted that they had decided… More
Jeremy Smith
Classic Alman in his final act. Altman in his element, big ensemble cast, dialogue that all speaks at once, flowing camera movements all quintessential Altman.… More