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The Last Picture Show Reviews

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Andrew Sarris
Village Voice
March 2, 2015
At first glance, the movie is a faithful and skillful adaptation of the source, but a second look at both the film and the book reveals some interesting divergences.
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Pauline Kael
New Yorker
March 2, 2015
It's plain and uncondescending in its re-creation of what it means to be a high-school athlete, of what a country dance hall is like, of the necking in cars and movie houses, and of the desolation that follows high-school graduation.
Tom Milne
Monthly Film Bulletin
March 2, 2015
It is difficult to know where to stop in listing the really outstanding performances -- Cloris Leachman, Ben Johnson, Timothy Bottoms, Eileen Brennan, et al.
Wendy Ide
Times (UK)
March 2, 2015
A sublime study of sexually charged ennui in a dying town in 1950s Texas.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
March 2, 2015
The scene where Sam imparts his wisdom to young buck Bottoms may be the saddest, loveliest moment in 1970s American cinema. And that's saying something.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
October 21, 2014
The Last Picture Show is indeed one of the greatest movies ever made (although I hardly think the scorekeepers were waiting for my vote to come in before they declared it such).
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Brian Costello
Common Sense Media
November 1, 2012
Classic American film has heavy themes and sex.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
October 16, 2012
[VIDEO ESSAY] A masterpiece by any standard, "The Last Picture Show" (1971) presents an emotionally apocalyptic reckoning of an America that has lost its way. The subtext-the film was made at the height of the Vietnam War - is hard to miss.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Budd Wilkins
Slant Magazine
September 28, 2011
For the members of the New Hollywood, it was a briefly opened window on revitalized filmmaking and venturesome storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
September 27, 2011
It's meant to make you feel sad for what's lost, but a vitality throbs through it.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
April 17, 2011
Bogdanovich's masterpiece, it's an elegy for a vanishing America...
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
April 15, 2011
Peter Bogdanovich's 1971 movie is a coming-of-age story, a portrait of small-town Texas, and one of the all-time great American elegies.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
April 15, 2011
Its portrait of a floundering community is the film's strongest virtue.
| Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
April 14, 2011
Unmissable.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Parkinson
Radio Times
April 14, 2011
This is a masterclass in how to create fully rounded characters and then give them real lives to lead.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
April 14, 2011
Peter Bogdanovich's eerie homage to olden times and movies, one of the key Hollywood films of the early 1970s, looks ever more crisply stunning and remote.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Philip Kemp
Total Film
March 31, 2011
A worthy tribute to Bogdanovich's idols, Orson Welles and John Ford.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 14, 2011
The director's most important film.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com
June 8, 2009
a world where the parental figures are never the real parents and almost everyone in plain view is still in some way a kid, regardless of the number of years they've lived.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
April 30, 2009
Em seu momento mais sólido como diretor (numa carreira que se auto-destruiria pouco depois), Bogdanovich cria um monumento à melancolia.
| Original Score: 5/5
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