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The Last Picture Show Reviews

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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
July 18, 2007
It's all fairly calculated, though Bogdanovich knows how to cast actors and highlight character turns.
February 9, 2006
Superb performances all round add to the charm of this fine, if now unfashionable film.
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
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.