The Straight Story Reviews

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Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine
February 21, 2014
Is The Straight Story one of my favorite Lynch films? Hard to say. Is it one of his most meticulously, and perfectly constructed? Well, I just can't disagree on that one.
Full Review | Original Score: A
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
August 5, 2013
look and feel of a foreign film
Full Review | Original Score: B
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 29, 2010
Great, but young kids may be bored and restless.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Michael Dequina
November 28, 2009
Mainstream-accessible yet completely maintains Lynch's uniquely off-kilter artistic identity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
August 21, 2009
One could say that The Straight Story is a twilight Western on the order of Unforgiven, except that the pale rider here mounts a snail-paced John Deere instead of a stallion.
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
December 27, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
January 15, 2005
I don't know how much is 'based on a true story,' but deeper truth about life, love, and forgiveness rings out loud and clear.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
| Original Score: 3.5/4

Film Threat
December 8, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Director David Lynch's American odyssey is a masterwork of quiet poetry.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
July 9, 2002
Farnsworth proves the greatest special effect is the human face.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
May 8, 2002
Lynch has no intention of trying to “explain” what makes Alvin tick or of understanding him in any reductionistic way; of reducing a man to a motivation.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
May 5, 2002
The story seems to reveal itself naturally, like a flower bud opening up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic

Globe and Mail
March 22, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 4, 2002
Marvels abound in this honest and engaging film about real people from the heartland of America.
Top Critic
January 15, 2002
Lynch has slowed the world down and gotten back in touch with it.
Stephen Farber
January 9, 2002
Richard Farnsworth brilliantly embodies a man who combines cantankerousness, tenacity and wisdom.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
November 26, 2001
One of the best pictures of the year.
Top Critic
David Hunter
Hollywood Reporter
May 11, 2001
Another pleasant surprise.

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
Top Critic
Emanuel Levy
June 18, 2008
Top Critic
Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
Beth Jones
Roanoke Times (Virginia)
May 28, 2003
Top Critic
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002

Deseret News, Salt Lake City
September 9, 2002

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
Kevin Jackson
Sight and Sound
March 5, 2002
Gemma Files
February 3, 2002
Martha P. Nochimson
Senses of Cinema
May 29, 2001
Jim Ridley
Nashville Scene
January 1, 2000

Irish Times
January 1, 2000
Gary Brown
Houston Community Newspapers
January 1, 2000
Susan Granger
January 1, 2000
Top Critic
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
Stuart Klawans
The Nation
January 1, 2000
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
January 1, 2000
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