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Lone Star Reviews

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Top Critic
John Hartl
Seattle Times
March 22, 2013
[A] complex and rewarding new Texas murder mystery.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
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+
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Joe Leydon
Variety
March 26, 2009
A richly textured and thoroughly engrossing drama that ranks with indie filmmaker John Sayles' finest work.
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
March 11, 2008
The latest chapter in Sayles' ongoing great American novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
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-
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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 ...
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
September 14, 2005
Well over two hours with not a single minute wasted.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
April 3, 2005
John Sayles is in fine form here, thanks in no small part to an excellent cast.
| Original Score: 4/5
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
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 Review| Original Score: A+
Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
August 31, 2004
Lone Star is intrinsically an aggregate of John Sayles' prior films, politically and racially.
Brian Mckay
eFilmCritic.com
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
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
January 22, 2003
Could be shorter, but ultimately is Sayles doing what he does best
| Original Score: 4/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
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
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
August 28, 2002
John Sayles' finest effort to date.
| Original Score: 5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 21, 2002
A capacious drama about political, racial, and familial tensions and the changes sparked by memories in a southwest border community.
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
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
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
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.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
John Sayles' "Lone Star" contains so many riches, it humbles ordinary movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
This ambitious project is an engrossing and an original work.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
January 1, 2000
John Sayles does great dialogue, even when the genre is action.
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