The Straight Story Reviews

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April 4, 2018
As far as I can see, [David Lynch] simply spotted a great story and embraced it. So will you.
June 15, 2017
The Straight Story could easily slide into melancholy and sentimentality without Lynch's sensibility, an odd mix of up-by-your bootstraps American conservatism and on-the-road romanticism.
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.
August 5, 2013
look and feel of a foreign film
December 29, 2010
Great, but young kids may be bored and restless.
November 28, 2009
Mainstream-accessible yet completely maintains Lynch's uniquely off-kilter artistic identity.
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.
December 27, 2007
December 6, 2005
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.
May 20, 2003
December 8, 2002
November 7, 2002
Director David Lynch's American odyssey is a masterwork of quiet poetry.
July 9, 2002
Farnsworth proves the greatest special effect is the human face.
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.
May 5, 2002
The story seems to reveal itself naturally, like a flower bud opening up.
Top Critic
March 22, 2002
March 4, 2002
Marvels abound in this honest and engaging film about real people from the heartland of America.
January 15, 2002
Lynch has slowed the world down and gotten back in touch with it.
January 9, 2002
Richard Farnsworth brilliantly embodies a man who combines cantankerousness, tenacity and wisdom.
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