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September 12, 2016
A beautifully crafted film that has just about everything. Murder, racism, inter-generational conflict and just a touch of incest.. Awesome stuff.
August 21, 2016
A bit too slow, but a good story overall. Cooper has a great presence on screen and is charming to watch.
May 31, 2016
I was very happy with this film, the writing is on point it is well acted and is entertaining throughout. The film has a Cohen brothers quality to it in its story telling and setting. The flashback scenes are done seamlessly and really add a lot to the story. The only drawback of this film is that there are a couple scenes that feel out of place and slow the story down a bit. This is a definite classic that has withstood the test of time. I will also add that the music/soundtrack of this film is perfect. See this movie.
½ May 23, 2016
An unassuming little cold case, snowballs into one of the most intriguing and Euripidean films of the 90's.
May 3, 2016
Just not my type of movie.
March 20, 2016
Not a great film. It's got a pretty strong cast, the best of which are well underused. The story is quite boring and slow and not particularly interesting.
January 3, 2016
Brilliant movie, great as a great novel.
January 1, 2016
The mystery itself is of little to no importance since this really is about the people, and Sayles clearly is a filmmaker with great compassion. Lone Star is the apex of indie filmmaking in the '90s and an extraordinarily engrossing film that reads just like a fine piece of literature.
August 29, 2015
Unfortunately, I'll never be able to see this movie as it is stuck inside of my VHS player rendering it inoperable. It wouldn't play and it won't eject and no a butter knife won't work it out of there.
Super Reviewer
July 20, 2015
Gives up on exploring the murder mystery and decides to beat the viewer around the head for two hours with anti-racism stuff.
½ July 10, 2015
A very good movie made with talent and deserving of its praise,Lone star will please any fan of good cinema and murder mystery. The Character are rich and well acted and the different plots that tie very well to the main plot are meaningful.Everything serves a story very well written and directed by the same man ,John Sayles.Lone star is worth your time.
½ June 9, 2015
Great movie.

Even better than expected. Billed as a murder-mystery, it is that, and more. The murder-mystery part is very original and intriguing, and you're kept guessing right to the end.

Around this, writer-director John Sayles spins several human-drama stories, spanning 40 years, each of which deserve a movie of their own. Even the relationships side is not without intrigue, so the whole movie requires you to piece together the puzzle, like a good drama should.

Superb performance by Chris Cooper in the lead role. How he didn't get an Oscar nomination, I don't know. Good support from Elizabeth Pena, Joe Morton and Kris Kristofferson. Matthew McConaughey's character, though crucial to the plot, has very little screen time. Minor appearance from Frances McDormand too.
May 17, 2015
good indie mix of genres but under Sayles direction, it works.
½ May 1, 2015
Good acting but the preachy script sank the movie for me. I tired of having my face rubbed in the injustices inflicted on all the minorities by the Red Necks of the town. Not saying it's not happening but let's get on with the story.
May 1, 2015
Finely acted,finley directed,finely written,finely layered......you get the point.
½ April 1, 2015
An intertwining mystery with an eclectic cast that holds the viewer over its runtime. Well written and paced.
½ March 30, 2015
really well written drama focusing on several ethnic groups in a southern Texas town, as well as both sides of the law, also deals with the border issue, corruption, and the desire of a man trying to live outside the legendary shadow of his father, cooper is really good in the lead, and all the other actors as well, elizabeth pena is so beautiful, its a shame she had to die so young, it does move kind of slowly, i went in thinking the murder would be the main point and that it would be a thriller, but its definitely a drama, it's still very good though, the first movie from john sayles id seen, and it shows hes the real deal
March 28, 2015
WOW......WOW......WOW......WOW.....THRILLING.......GENIUS.....AMAZING......MAN I HAVE JUST SEEN THIS MOVIE 4 THE 1ST TIME N THINK THAT THIS IS SUCH A THRILLING MOVIE 2 WATCH.......its got a good cast of actors/actresses throughout this movie......I think that kris kristoffeson, matthew mcconaughey, chris cooper, Elizabeth pena, play good roles/parts throughout this movie......I think that the director of this drama/western/romance/mystery/suspense movie had done a great job of directing this movie because you never know what 2 expect throughout this movie......I think that this is such a gripping movie 2 watch, its got such a great cast throughout this movie......I think that chris cooper was absolutely brilliant throughout this movie......its got a good soundtrack throughout this movie......

Wins Lone Star Film & Television Awards: Best Actor, Chris Cooper; Best Director, John Sayles; Best Film; Best Screenplay, John Sayles; Best Supporting Actor, Ron Canada; Best Supporting Actress, Frances McDormand; 1996.
Belgian Syndicate of Cinema Critics; Grand Prix
Independent Spirit Awards: Independent Spirit Award; Best Supporting Female, Elizabeth Peņa ; 1997.
Bravo Awards: NCLR Bravo Award Outstanding Actress in a Feature Film, Elizabeth Peņa; Special Achievement Award Outstanding Feature Film; 1997.
Satellite Awards: Golden Satellite Award; Best Motion Picture Screenplay - Original, John Sayles; 1997.
Society of Texas Film Critics Awards: Best Director, John Sayles; Best Screenplay, John Sayles.
Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards: SEFCA Award; Best Director, John Sayles; 1997.
NominationsAcademy Awards: Oscar; Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen, John Sayles; 1997.
Bravo Awards: NCLR Bravo Award; Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film, Tony Plana; 1996.
British Academy of Film and Television Arts: BAFTA Film Award; Best Screenplay - Original, John Sayles; 1997.
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards: BFCA Award Best Picture; 1997.
Casting Society of America: Artios; Best Casting for Feature Film, Drama, Avy Kaufman; 1997.
Golden Globes: Golden Globe; Best Screenplay - Motion Picture, John Sayles; 1997.
Independent Spirit Awards: Independent Spirit Award; Best Feature, R. Paul Miller and Maggie Renzil; Best Male Lead, Chris Cooper; Best Screenplay, John Sayles; 1997.
Satellite Awards: Golden Satellite Award; Best Motion Picture - Drama, R. Paul Miller and Maggie Renzi; 1997.
Writers Guild of America: WGA Award (Screen); Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen, John Sayles; 1997

I think that Frances McDormand as Bunny was absolutely brilliant throughout this movie as she plays the role so well throughout this movie.....man this is such a gripping/thrilling movie 2 watch, its got such a fantastic cast throughout this movie......its got such a great cast throughout this movie......I think that this is such a really powerful drama movie 2 watch, it is such a really sad movie 2 watch, but it is such a brilliant movie 2 watch, with a great cast throughout this movie.......WARNING IN SOME SCENES THROUGHOUT THIS MOVIE IT CONTAINS STROBE LIGHTNING EFFECTS THROGHOUT SOME SCENES THROUGHOUT THIS MOVIE......MAN THIS IS SUCH A GREAT MOVIE 2 WATCH........
½ March 10, 2015
I don't see how this movie is so highly rated. If you are a veteran the scene with the Col and private will bother you for sure. The Private fails drug testing so the COL brings her is for what I found to be a confusing and motivating speech. He reaches out and fixes the crease in the top of her hat saying let's start with that. Never mind that her rank insignia is sewn on upside down. I found it slow moving and only mildly engaging. .
½ March 5, 2015
It would be a lot cooler if you did.
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