Nashville (1975)

Released 30 years ago, when the nation was still reeling from the Vietnam War and Watergate, this prophetic all-American mosaic reveals our national obsession with entertainment and politics. A presidential election is underway, and… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 15, 2000
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Andrew Sarris
Village Voice

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.

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Variety Staff

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.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

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.

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Molly Haskell
Village Voice

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.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

A masterpiece.

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Cole Smithey

[VIDEO ESSAY] In 1975 Robert Altman painted filmic satire on a grand scale with "Nashville."

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

A rare and puzzling movie: beautiful and cruel, passionate but strangely shallow.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

It's a film that a lot of other directors will wish they'd had the brilliance to make.

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Michael Nordine
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Other Altman films prove that the director knew how to be elliptical without being presumptuous or overly disjointed. Nashville serves as an unfortunate counterexample.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Dan Schultz
A clever, well-paced satire about country music and politics taking place on a weekend in Nashville, TN. Amidst the backdrop of an upcoming election, a country… More
Chris Weber
Okay so I just finished this a bit ago, and it hasn't all quite sunk in yet, so my review might not be the best. Perhaps I should let it sink in for a… More
William Dunmyer
Now I finally see why Robert Altman was so beloved. I never understood why he was spoken of as a genius. Now after finally seeing his 1975 near-masterpiece,… More
Stella Dallas
hilarious and heartbreaking and couldn't be closer to the bone. a masterpiece
Graham Jones
A hilarious satire of country music, Altman's Nashville is one the best ensemble pieces ever created.
Steven Carrier
Robert Altman's "Nashville" is the grandfather of the American mosaic (it's extended family includes "Short Cuts",… More