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A Prairie Home Companion
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. On a rainy Saturday night in St. Paul, Minn., fans file into the Fitzgerald Theater to see "A Prairie Home Companion," a staple of radio station WLT, not knowing that WLT has been sold to a Texas conglomerate and that tonight's show will be the last. Shot entirely in the Fitzgerald, except for the opening and closing scenes which take… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture
"What a lovely film this is, so gentle and whimsical, so simple and profound."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"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."
‑ Nick Pinkerton, Stop Smiling
"Life is fleeting, but A Prairie Home Companion, slender and perfect, proves that art endures as a reminder of it"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"The movie is a shaggy-dog trifle, but it's a sweet and lovely one."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"Just lovely, and a magnificently enjoyable coda to an extraordinary career."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Either you like that brand of music and humor or you don't. I am not a huge fan."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"...for the uninitiated, the story meanders far too much to resonate, and Altman's relentless focus on mortality dampens the show's amiable charm."
‑ Jeff Meyers, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"It is obviously the film of a master and certainly feels like a swan song."
‑ Dan Callahan, Bright Lights Film Journal
"Altman's star-studded cast is natural and energetic -- with the exception of a surprisingly detached Keillor -- and the Hollywood folks mingle easily, in character, among the real show's performers, a technique Altman perfected in Nashville."
‑ Robert Davis, Paste Magazine
"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."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Altman and Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion is fittingly both a celebration and a winning example of the joys of collaboration."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"It looks and feels like an Altman film, but one made completely on a pointless lark."
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"Swan songs are seldom as sweet or melodic as A Prairie Home Companion."
‑ Richard Luck, Film4
"...a lovely and bittersweet fable about morality, the fleetingness of fame, drawing strength from the past and finding the inevitable beauty in the darkest of situations."
‑ Brandon Fibbs, BrandonFibbs.com
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