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The Last Picture Show Reviews

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Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
April 27, 2009
Bogdanovich's perfect recreation of the sense of time and place, and his ability to mix wit with poignancy that make this such a charming, timeless film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

April 27, 2009
A poignant evocation of small-town life in fifties Texas.
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Stefan Kanfer
TIME Magazine
April 27, 2009
Director Peter Bogdanovich has seen Anarene, Texas, in the cinematic terms of 1951 -- the langorous dissolves, the strong chiaroscuro, the dialogue that starts with bickering and ends at confessional.
Tony Macklin
February 2, 2009
The Last Picture Show is competent movie-making and probably deserves an audience. But its predictability and its calculation mar it for me. The values seem to me to be more contrived humanity instead of the real thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Variety Staff
July 18, 2007
Notre Dame professor Edward Fischer has said that 'the best films, like the best books, tell how it is to be human under certain circumstances'. Larry McMurtry did a beautiful job of this.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
July 18, 2007
It's all fairly calculated, though Bogdanovich knows how to cast actors and highlight character turns.
Emanuel Levy
July 31, 2006
This brilliant film depicts the gradual decay and death of community life (what sociologist Toennis called Gemmeinshaft), lamenting the loss of intimacy and relationships, as a result of TV and other forces that forever changed American life.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Steve Crum
February 18, 2006
Moving, understated, beautifully filmed story with memorable acting by all.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Superb performances all round add to the charm of this fine, if now unfashionable film.
Clint Morris
June 11, 2005
A lot of films bill themselves as 'Classics', but here's one that actually deserves the title. As entertaining today as it was in 1971.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
The film is above all an evocation of mood. It is about a town with no reason to exist, and people with no reason to live there. The only hope is in transgression.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online
March 9, 2004
Sad, haunthing and completely unforgettable. The most authentic depiction of small town life I've even seen put on the screen.
| Original Score: 5/5
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
January 15, 2004
Stylish, but overrated.
| Original Score: 3/5
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
October 14, 2003
A modern classic; Bogdanovich's bleak story features great performances by a young, talented cast.
| Original Score: 4/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
October 1, 2003
Larry McMurtry's haunting Texas tale is a pure gem.

TV Guide
July 30, 2003
This episodic, human story lives and breathes with more power than any Darth Vader or Rocky.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
The Last Picture Show becomes an adventure in rediscovery -- of a very decent, straightforward kind of movie, as well as of -- and I rather hesitate to use such a square phrase -- human values.
Brian Mckay
March 18, 2003
Characters are not abstracts of good and evil, but are cast in the most truthful, and therefore harshest light.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Tim Dirks
Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
January 15, 2002
The Last Picture Show (1971) is an evocative and bittersweet slice-of-life 'picture show' from newcomer 31 year-old director Peter Bogdanovich
Girish Shambu
Senses of Cinema
May 30, 2001
Bogdanovich employs a powerful conflation in The Last Picture Show: the bittersweet nostalgia for the passing of an era is blended with a realism and honesty that views the early 1950s very differently from the way films of that period did.
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