Opening

46% Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Aug 22
46% If I Stay Aug 22
—— When The Game Stands Tall Aug 22
7% Are You Here Aug 22
97% Love Is Strange Aug 22

Top Box Office

21% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $28.5M
92% Guardians of the Galaxy $25.1M
14% Let's Be Cops $17.8M
35% The Expendables 3 $15.9M
31% The Giver $12.3M
21% Into The Storm $7.9M
66% The Hundred-Foot Journey $7.2M
64% Lucy $5.5M
41% Step Up: All In $2.7M
62% Hercules $2.1M

Coming Soon

0% The November Man Aug 27
98% Starred Up Aug 27
—— As Above/So Below Aug 29
85% The Congress Aug 29
—— The Calling Aug 29

New Episodes Tonight

86% The Bridge (FX): Season 2
91% The Divide: Season 1
83% Extant: Season 1
—— Franklin & Bash: Season 4
—— Graceland: Season 2
—— Hot in Cleveland: Season 5
57% Legends: Season 1
—— Motive: Season 2
69% Mystery Girls: Season 1
100% Suits: Season 4
38% Taxi Brooklyn: Season 1
43% Young & Hungry: Season 1

Discuss Last Night's Shows

—— Covert Affairs: Season 5
88% Finding Carter: Season 1
67% Matador: Season 1
—— Perception: Season 3
—— Pretty Little Liars: Season 5
—— Rizzoli & Isles: Season 5
—— Royal Pains: Season 5
—— Sullivan & Son: Season 3
57% Tyrant: Season 1

Certified Fresh TV

86% The Bridge (FX): Season 2
83% Extant: Season 1
88% The Honorable Woman: Season 1
86% The Knick: Season 1
89% Manhattan: Season 1
97% Masters of Sex: Season 2
73% Murder in the First: Season 1
89% Outlander: Season 1
82% Satisfaction: Season 1
87% The Strain: Season 1
82% Welcome to Sweden: Season 1
77% You're the Worst: Season 1

Louisiana Story

Louisiana Story (1948)

tomatometer

No Score Yet...

Average Rating: N/A
Critic Reviews: 3
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 0

audience

58

liked it
Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 604

My Rating

Movie Info

Documentary film pioneer Robert Flaherty's last feature is his most beautifully photographed work, but it also proved to be his most controversial as well. Sponsored by Standard Oil, the film can be seen as a paean to the minimal effect an oil company can have on the wilderness it seeks to exploit. Flaherty also picked a cast of amateur players to act out a simple story of a young Cajun boy (Joseph Boudreaux) and his parents living in Louisiana's magnificent bayou country almost side-by-side

May 20, 2003

Watch It Now

Cast

ADVERTISEMENT

Friend Ratings

No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (3) | DVD (8)

It has a slender, appealing story, moments of agonizing suspense, vivid atmosphere and superlative photography.

February 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Flaherty's narrative may seem slightly naive; but his vision of a child's myth-world, and the oilmen's intrusion and acceptance into it, is perhaps his greatest achievement.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
Top Critic IconTop Critic

The ring of sincerity is clear in Flaherty's film.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
Top Critic IconTop Critic

It's a solid but tedious industrial film showing the risks and rewards of getting oil out of the ground.

June 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

As adept as it is in photographing nature, Louisiana Story is weak in capturing culture.

February 26, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Comment (1)
TV Guide's Movie Guide

One of all time best, and one of earliest, documentaries; with Robert Flaherty's deft style.

February 24, 2008
Video-Reviewmaster.com

...it's the virtuosic craftsmanship that makes Louisiana Story a genre classic.

April 9, 2006 Full Review Source: DVDJournal.com
DVDJournal.com

Louisiana Story may be Flaherty's greatest work.

September 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

That Robert J. Flaherty managed to make a fascinating movie that also subtly chastises the massive oil interests (using their money to do it) is one for the record books.

October 29, 2003 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

It displays many of Flaherty's great strengths as a filmmaker, but it also showcases some of his weaknesses, which makes it an uneven film that is not in league with his earlier works.

October 12, 2003 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Dated, but it looks great.

May 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

...the film has some of the most beautiful images I've ever seen in a movie yet, at the same time, some of the clunkiest, most awkwardly staged scenes I've ever seen outside of my high school's production of Oklahoma.

May 14, 2003 Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Audience Reviews for Louisiana Story

There are no featured audience reviews yet. Click the link below to see what others say about Louisiana Story!

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss Louisiana Story on our Movie forum!

What's Hot On RT

Total Recall
Total Recall

Robert Rodriguez's 10 Best Movies

Ant-Man
Ant-Man

First pic of Marvel's Paul Rudd

Worst Summer Movies
Worst Summer Movies

We list the 60 worst since 1975

Scorecard 2014
Scorecard 2014

See where the summer movies rank

Best Comedy Actor
Best Comedy Actor

16 critics predict the Emmys

Foreign Titles

  • Louisiana Story (1948) (DE)
  • Louisiana Story (1948) (UK)
Find us on:                     
Help | About | Jobs | Critics Submission | Press | API | Licensing | Mobile