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Lone Star Reviews

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John Hartl
Seattle Times
March 22, 2013
[A] complex and rewarding new Texas murder mystery.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Cole Smithey
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
March 26, 2009
A richly textured and thoroughly engrossing drama that ranks with indie filmmaker John Sayles' finest work.
Rob Gonsalves
March 11, 2008
The latest chapter in Sayles' ongoing great American novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Emanuel Levy
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 ...
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
October 24, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Michael Dequina
September 14, 2005
Well over two hours with not a single minute wasted.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Scott Weinberg
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.
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
January 30, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5

TV Guide
July 30, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
| Original Score: 4/4
Dragan Antulov
May 6, 2003
Full Review| Original Score: 6/10
Brian Mckay
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
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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