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The Straight Story Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
Variety
June 18, 2008
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
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Globe and Mail
March 22, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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January 15, 2002
Lynch has slowed the world down and gotten back in touch with it.
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David Hunter
Hollywood Reporter
May 11, 2001
Another pleasant surprise.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Lynch paces the film beautifully.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Louis B. Parks
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
One of cinema's most charming actors.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
A slow-moving, folksy-looking, profoundly spiritual film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
At the center of this film's luminous vision is its perfectly cast star.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
A beautiful and surprisingly gentle film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
January 1, 2000
There could be no finer casting choices than Farnsworth and Spacek.
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Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
Lynch and legendary cinematographer Freddie Francis have crafted a hauntingly lovely mise-en-scène.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
January 1, 2000
Spacek does some of her best work.
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 1, 2000
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January 1, 2000
Exalted work from cinematographer Freddie Francis.
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Roger Ebert
At the Movies
January 1, 2000
The screenplay by John Roach and Mary Sweeney finds poetry and truth.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
January 1, 2000
One of the most delicately poignant road pictures ever made in this country.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
The Straight Story is going to be revered for giving Richard Farnsworth the role of his career.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
January 1, 2000
Lynch has made a small epic that echoes and enlarges in memory.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
January 1, 2000
Too mannered and weird around the edges to be convincing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
January 1, 2000
A beguiling piece of Americana.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
Lynch's first movie since Blue Velvet that truly envelops you in its spell.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
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Peter Brunette
Film.com
January 1, 2000
In short, Lynch as Republican.
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Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News
January 1, 2000
A polished supporting cast makes The Straight Story seem almost like a documentary.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
Go with high expectations and be sure to take the children.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 1, 2000
David Lynch shifts gears in this lyrical miracle of a film about a man and his John Deere riding mower.
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
January 1, 2000
Easily the best American film of the year.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
January 1, 2000
Lyrical, sweet and brimming with optimism about the human condition.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
The Straight Story is the kind of triumph that most filmmakers as distinctively talented as David Lynch can only dream about.