Louisiana Story - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Louisiana Story Reviews

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Michael Sragow
New Yorker
January 25, 2016
A powerful, swooning visualization of a wilderness childhood.
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Variety Staff
February 26, 2008
It has a slender, appealing story, moments of agonizing suspense, vivid atmosphere and superlative photography.
Steve Crum
February 24, 2008
One of all time best, and one of earliest, documentaries; with Robert Flaherty's deft style.
| Original Score: 5/5
Mark Bourne
April 9, 2006
...it's the virtuosic craftsmanship that makes Louisiana Story a genre classic.
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Time Out
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.
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
September 23, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 18, 2005
Louisiana Story may be Flaherty's greatest work.
Emanuel Levy
July 23, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide
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.
| Original Score: 86/100
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 20, 2003
The ring of sincerity is clear in Flaherty's film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matt Langdon
May 16, 2003
Dated, but it looks great.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matt Bailey
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
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.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 9, 2010
It's a solid but tedious industrial film showing the risks and rewards of getting oil out of the ground.
Full Review | Original Score: C+

TV Guide
February 26, 2008
As adept as it is in photographing nature, Louisiana Story is weak in capturing culture.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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