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The Straight Story Reviews

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Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine
February 21, 2014
Is The Straight Story one of my favorite Lynch films? Hard to say. Is it one of his most meticulously, and perfectly constructed? Well, I just can't disagree on that one.
Full Review | Original Score: A
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
August 5, 2013
look and feel of a foreign film
Full Review | Original Score: B
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 29, 2010
Great, but young kids may be bored and restless.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Michael Dequina
November 28, 2009
Mainstream-accessible yet completely maintains Lynch's uniquely off-kilter artistic identity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
August 21, 2009
One could say that The Straight Story is a twilight Western on the order of Unforgiven, except that the pale rider here mounts a snail-paced John Deere instead of a stallion.
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
January 15, 2005
I don't know how much is 'based on a true story,' but deeper truth about life, love, and forgiveness rings out loud and clear.
Full Review | Original Score: A
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Director David Lynch's American odyssey is a masterwork of quiet poetry.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
July 9, 2002
Farnsworth proves the greatest special effect is the human face.
Full Review| Original Score: 4/4
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
May 8, 2002
Lynch has no intention of trying to “explain” what makes Alvin tick or of understanding him in any reductionistic way; of reducing a man to a motivation.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
May 5, 2002
The story seems to reveal itself naturally, like a flower bud opening up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 4, 2002
Marvels abound in this honest and engaging film about real people from the heartland of America.
Top Critic
January 15, 2002
Lynch has slowed the world down and gotten back in touch with it.
Stephen Farber
January 9, 2002
Richard Farnsworth brilliantly embodies a man who combines cantankerousness, tenacity and wisdom.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
November 26, 2001
One of the best pictures of the year.
Top Critic
David Hunter
Hollywood Reporter
May 11, 2001
Another pleasant surprise.
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
April 30, 2001
Sweet and simple with pleasures big and small.
Full Review | Original Score: short
Jim Chastain
Norman Transcript
February 15, 2001
One of the best films of 1999.
Full Review
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review
February 14, 2001
Spend a nice Sunday with grandma. Take her out to brunch and then check out this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
A slow-moving, folksy-looking, profoundly spiritual film.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
Top Critic
James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
Lynch paces the film beautifully.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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