100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
What a lovely film this is, so gentle and whimsical, so simple and profound.
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90

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Both magical and consistently joyous. The director, Robert Altman, and the writer, Garrison Keillor, have, against all odds, transmuted the fatigued public radio institution into a lovely fable about mortality, fleeting fame, fondness for the past and the ineffable beauty of life in the present.
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90

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Not since Woody Allen's "Radio Days" has anyone created such a cinematic Valentine to the wonderfully imaginative medium of radio as A Prairie Home Companion.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Take a swig of this moonshine. There's magic in it.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
What sustains the film is the performers' belief in their shaggy-dog selves, which is more than just talent - it's faith.
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75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Kline's combination of pratfalls and urbanity is funny, but it rubs against the rest of the movie's effortless rustic charm. He's like Errol Flynn on a hayride.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
People unfamiliar with either man may think Altman is mocking Keillor and his 32-year-old radio program here. But, it is pure affection, and the movie is as much up-tempo, irresistible fun to watch as the show is to hear.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
I'm not sure that the endearing charms of the assorted fogeys and whelps add up to a movie. But I always enjoy how Altman weaves the warp of professional life with the weft of the personal.
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
At its best, it's a gentle meditation on mortality. But at weaker moments it feels meandering and strangely empty.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
This is not one of the good Altmans. This isn't even one of the mediocre Altmans.
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75 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.