|Leonard Maltin/Plot synopsis:
Mordant mosaic of unpleasant, unhappy lives in Southern California, adapted from the short stories of Raymond Carver. Altman paints on another oversized canvas, with a series of marginally interconnected vignettes about various couples, parents, lovers, and friends (from a phone-sex purveyor who feeds her baby while plying her trade to a children's party clown seized by melancholia)... played by a virtual who's who of contemporary talent. As a feat--a directorial achievement--it's something to behold and admire, but as entertainment it's less rewarding. Super 35.