Louisiana Story Reviews

January 25, 2016
A powerful, swooning visualization of a wilderness childhood.
June 9, 2010
It's a solid but tedious industrial film showing the risks and rewards of getting oil out of the ground.
February 26, 2008
It has a slender, appealing story, moments of agonizing suspense, vivid atmosphere and superlative photography.
February 26, 2008
As adept as it is in photographing nature, Louisiana Story is weak in capturing culture.
February 24, 2008
One of all time best, and one of earliest, documentaries; with Robert Flaherty's deft style.
April 9, 2006
...it's the virtuosic craftsmanship that makes Louisiana Story a genre classic.
February 9, 2006
Flaherty's narrative may seem slightly naive; but his vision of a child's myth-world, and the oilmen's intrusion and acceptance into it, is perhaps his greatest achievement.
September 23, 2005
September 18, 2005
Louisiana Story may be Flaherty's greatest work.
July 23, 2005
October 29, 2003
That Robert J. Flaherty managed to make a fascinating movie that also subtly chastises the massive oil interests (using their money to do it) is one for the record books.
October 12, 2003
It displays many of Flaherty's great strengths as a filmmaker, but it also showcases some of his weaknesses, which makes it an uneven film that is not in league with his earlier works.
May 20, 2003
The ring of sincerity is clear in Flaherty's film.
May 16, 2003
Dated, but it looks great.
May 14, 2003
...the film has some of the most beautiful images I've ever seen in a movie yet, at the same time, some of the clunkiest, most awkwardly staged scenes I've ever seen outside of my high school's production of Oklahoma.