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The Straight Story Reviews

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Harvey S. Karten
January 1, 2000
I'll take the softness of Blue Velvet over the tranquil landscape depicted herein.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Widgett Walls
January 1, 2000
The viewer is presented with so many vistas of cornfields and paved two lane roads that I began to have flashbacks to the overused jungles of Thin Red Line.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
James Brundage
January 1, 2000
The Straight Story just is simply a painful film for any Lynch fan to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
January 1, 2000
Too mannered and weird around the edges to be convincing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
At the Movies
January 1, 2000
The screenplay by John Roach and Mary Sweeney finds poetry and truth.
| Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
Lynch paces the film beautifully.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
January 1, 2000
The essential decency of all of the movie's characters is a good subject for family discussion.
| Original Score: 4/5
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 29, 2010
Great, but young kids may be bored and restless.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Director David Lynch's American odyssey is a masterwork of quiet poetry.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
January 1, 2000
There could be no finer casting choices than Farnsworth and Spacek.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
November 26, 2001
One of the best pictures of the year.
Top Critic
Peter Brunette
January 1, 2000
In short, Lynch as Republican.
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
December 27, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000
A great Richard Farnsworth performance and an even better one by Spacek.
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
Bob Bloom
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
Simple, linear and symmetrical.
| Original Score: 91/100
Erik Childress
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sean Axmaker
Nitrate Online
January 1, 2000
For those willing to put themselves into the hands of Lynch, they'll find a sweet, serious, and moving odyssey of one man making the physical and emotional trip to his estranged brother.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
Top Critic
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
Top Critic
Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Susan Granger
January 1, 2000
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
Top Critic
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
January 1, 2000
Beth Jones
Roanoke Times (Virginia)
May 28, 2003
Kevin Jackson
Sight and Sound
March 5, 2002
Jim Ridley
Nashville Scene
January 1, 2000
Stuart Klawans
The Nation
January 1, 2000
Top Critic
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 1, 2000
Gary Brown
Houston Community Newspapers
January 1, 2000
Martha P. Nochimson
Senses of Cinema
May 29, 2001
Gemma Files
February 3, 2002
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
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Emanuel Levy
June 18, 2008

Irish Times
January 1, 2000

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002

Deseret News, Salt Lake City
September 9, 2002
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