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The Last Picture Show Reviews

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November 1, 2012
Classic American film has heavy themes and sex.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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
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
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
June 19, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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.
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
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.
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
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+
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.
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.
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
February 9, 2006
Superb performances all round add to the charm of this fine, if now unfashionable film.
January 30, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
October 14, 2003
A modern classic; Bogdanovich's bleak story features great performances by a young, talented cast.
| Original Score: 4/5
December 14, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
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
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
January 14, 2011
The director's most important film.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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