Cookie's Fortune
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Robert Altman directed this bittersweet ensemble piece about an eccentric and entangled group of family and friends living in the Deep South. Jewel Mae "Cookie" Orcutt (Patricia Neal) is the widowed matriarch of a small-town Mississippi family, which includes her nieces Camille (Glenn Close), a pretentious would-be artist staging an amateur production of Salome at a local church, and Cora Julianne Moore), her less than enthusiastic leading lady. Willis (Charles S. Dutton), the caretaker of Cookie's rambling mansion, tries to persuade her sweet but aimless grand-niece, Emma (Liv… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Most of what transpires is low-key, affectionate comedy and a fair amount of fun."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"What's so distinctively charming is the easygoing tone, which manages to turn black comedy into a strangely gentle, touching and delicate affair."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"This serio comedy about an eccentric Southern family is a minor work in Altman's oeuvre, but it's well acted and enjoyable."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"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."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The perfect melding of story, characters, actors and behind the camera talent, all under the expert control of Altman."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Cookie's Fortune is a wittily diagrammed portrait of a small town shaken to its roots by this deceptive calamity. The movie, though, never really becomes more than a diagram."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Cookie's Fortune is Robert Altman's sunniest film, a warm-hearted comedy that somehow manages to deal with death and murder charges without even containing a real villain."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Despite several silly twists near the end, the acting is quite charming."
‑ , Film4
"[An] earthy, gently comic tale of death and family dysfunction."
‑ Mark Halverson, Sacramento News & Review
"Everyone loves a good murder mystery. And with a distinguished director like Robert Altman at the helm, and with talent like Glenn Close, Patricia Neal, Charles Dutton, Ned Beatty, and Julianne Moore, it would be hard to miss."
‑ John R. McEwen, Film Quips Online
"The deceptively modest Cookie's Fortune may or not be Robert Altman's best film in years, but it is certainly his most pleasurable."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"One well-telegraphed disclosure is heartwarmingly self-congratulatory, the other genealogical bombshell totally inconsequential."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"This isn't great Altman but it's fun Altman."
‑ Angie Errigo, Empire Magazine
"Legendary director Robert Altman gives us a crime movie that somehow makes an old story seem fresh and funny."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A charming, quirky tale of small-town intrigue featuring a crackerjack cast."
‑ Margaret A. McGurk, Cincinnati Enquirer
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