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Following 24 characters through 5 days in the country music capital, Robert Altman's 1975 epic presents a complexly textured portrayal (and critique) of American obsessions with celebrity and power. Among the various stars, aspirants, hangers-on, observers, and media folk are politically ambitious country icon Haven Hamilton (Henry Gibson) and his fragile star protegée Barbara Jean (Ronee Blakley); Tom (Keith Carradine), a self-absorbed rock star who woos lonely married gospel singer Linnea Reese (Lily Tomlin); Sueleen Gay (Gwen Welles), a talentless waitress painfully humiliated at her… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

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
"[VIDEO ESSAY] In 1975 Robert Altman painted filmic satire on a grand scale with "Nashville.""
‑ Cole Smithey,
"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
"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
"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
"Intriguing, absorbing and always entertaining."
‑ , Boxoffice Magazine
"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
"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, BBC
"See it, think about it, then see it again. It's the voice of America, and the passage of time has done nothing to dull its clarity."
‑ Andrew Howe,
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