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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"I hate to go out on a limb after only one viewing, but Nashville strikes me as Altman's best film, and the most exciting dramatic musical since Blue Angel."
‑ Andrew Sarris, Village Voice
"Nashville is one of Altman's best films, free of the rambling insider fooling around that sometimes mars entire chunks of every second or third picture."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Some characters are odious while others are sympathetic, but every last one manages to provide contrast and depth to Altman's view of an America in which the boundaries between politics and entertainment are all but nonexistent."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"In its ambitions to say something big and different about the American political scene rises to the occasion to be a fascinating technical achievement ... ."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Nashville effectively founded the school of American improv-ensemble cinema."
‑ Jonathan Romney, Independent
"I think that the power and the theme of the film lie in the fact that while some characters are more "major" than others, they are all subordinated to the music itself. It's like a river, running through the film, running through their life."
‑ Molly Haskell, Village Voice
"A masterpiece."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"[VIDEO ESSAY] In 1975 Robert Altman painted filmic satire on a grand scale with "Nashville.""
‑ Cole Smithey,
"One of the most challenging American films ever made."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"[Nashville] looks forward to our contemporary obsession with celebrities and to politics itself becoming a form of show business. Unmissable."
‑ Tom Dawson,
"A rare and puzzling movie: beautiful and cruel, passionate but strangely shallow."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"It's a film that a lot of other directors will wish they'd had the brilliance to make."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Other Altman films prove that the director knew how to be elliptical without being presumptuous or overly disjointed. Nashville serves as an unfortunate counterexample."
‑ Michael Nordine, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"One of the 1970s most complexly constructed films, Nashville tackles the music industry and American politics in satirical, innovative ways by the use of large ensemble, overlapping dialogue, imporov acting, and songs written and sung by the actors."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"[Altman] never really spends enough time with any one character to make you care about them."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
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