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Lone Star Reviews

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February 26, 2018
With old-fashioned craftsmanship, Lone Star is not a movie you'll quickly forget. It may not dazzle you with its flash, but it has more on its mind than all the summer would-be blockbusters put together.
March 22, 2013
[A] complex and rewarding new Texas murder mystery.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 27, 2012
One of several of writer-director John Sayles's masterpieces -alongside such unforgettable films as "City of Hope," "Matewan" and "The Secret of Roan Inish" - "Lone Star" is an absorbing neo-Western mystery told in a haunting magical realist tone.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
March 26, 2009
A richly textured and thoroughly engrossing drama that ranks with indie filmmaker John Sayles' finest work.
March 11, 2008
The latest chapter in Sayles' ongoing great American novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 24, 2007
Lone Star, one of Sayles best and most popular films, explores the historical strain between the Mexican and American communities in Texas. Though a bit didactic (too many sermons), it's well acted and visually more satisfying than his other films
Full Review | Original Score: A-
February 9, 2006
Sayles' witty, vividly demotic dialogue knocks even Tarantino for six, the characterisations are uniformly colourful and credible, the soundtrack and the widescreen camerawork exemplary ...
September 14, 2005
Well over two hours with not a single minute wasted.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 3, 2005
John Sayles is in fine form here, thanks in no small part to an excellent cast.
| Original Score: 4/5
December 28, 2004
It is the structure of the film, including the smooth-subtle pans, turning present to past and back to present, that really awe. (published 7-19-96)
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: A+
August 31, 2004
Lone Star is intrinsically an aggregate of John Sayles' prior films, politically and racially.
March 19, 2003
A intriguing use of non-linear narration . . . a palette of fascinating characters, and the gothic Americana setting of a small Texas town with many skeletons in its closet.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 22, 2003
Could be shorter, but ultimately is Sayles doing what he does best
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
December 30, 2002
A near-perfect examination of small town Texas life, as seen through the prism of a decades-old murder mystery.
| Original Score: 5/5
August 28, 2002
John Sayles' finest effort to date.
| Original Score: 5/5
August 21, 2002
A capacious drama about political, racial, and familial tensions and the changes sparked by memories in a southwest border community.
July 6, 2002
It is among the best films of the nineties and the best independent features ever made in the United States.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2000
The great, stirring epic "Lone Star" stands as a peak in the career of John Sayles, who already has such admirably serious films to his credit.
January 1, 2000
John Sayles' "Lone Star" contains so many riches, it humbles ordinary movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2000
This ambitious project is an engrossing and an original work.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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