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Universal acclaim- based on 69 Ratings

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  • Summary: The true story of Alvin Straight (Farnsworth) who rides his 1961 lawnmower from Laurens, Iowa, to Mt. Zion, Wisconsin, to visit his estranged brother after the latter suffers a stroke.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. 100
    The first time I saw The Straight Story, I focused on the foreground and liked it. The second time I focused on the background, too, and loved it.
  2. The most atmospheric thing in the movie is Farnsworth's face.
  3. 100
    Its simplicity belies an emotional complexity that will linger in your mind like a gentle dream.
  4. 88
    Lynch's first G-rated feature, turns out to be one of the year's best films...a wonderful surprise.
  5. Reviewed by: Emmanuel Levy
    80
    Lynch has directed his most satisfyingly disciplined movie.
  6. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    80
    Alvin's tragic memories give perspective to the triumph of his trek, even as Farnsworth's weathered brilliance makes this movie a G as in gem.
  7. Reviewed by: Graham Verdon
    50
    A snail-paced story in all of its glorious ... slowness.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 27
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 27
  3. Negative: 4 out of 27
  1. SandyV.
    Sep 7, 2007
    10
    no crime,violence,sex. I thought this a very emotional and caring movie.He touched the lives of many people.Anyone rating this movie a 10 are no crime,violence,sex. I thought this a very emotional and caring movie.He touched the lives of many people.Anyone rating this movie a 10 are people who care about others and themselves. Expand
  2. WW.
    Oct 29, 2005
    10
    I grew up just a few miles from Mount Zion, and this movie takes me back home. It is a real portrayal of the area. People who didn't I grew up just a few miles from Mount Zion, and this movie takes me back home. It is a real portrayal of the area. People who didn't like this movie just don't get it. Expand
  3. Mar 23, 2015
    10
    A satisfyingly fine movie which is a good example of drama. There is nothing wrong nor special about it, you may sit down and enjoy a humbleA satisfyingly fine movie which is a good example of drama. There is nothing wrong nor special about it, you may sit down and enjoy a humble well-made movie. Expand
  4. JerryC
    Jul 29, 2009
    10
    It is a work without flaw. It celebrates ordinary people.
  5. May 8, 2011
    10
    How can a movie where nothing much happens be so amazing. It has the allure of a great book read on a winters evening. Settle down, turn offHow can a movie where nothing much happens be so amazing. It has the allure of a great book read on a winters evening. Settle down, turn off the phone and watch a nice story been told in pictures. Expand
  6. Oct 15, 2012
    10
    WHat a great film The Straight story is! Briliant!! I've never watched a film so moving yet so subtle. The acting was amazing and so was theWHat a great film The Straight story is! Briliant!! I've never watched a film so moving yet so subtle. The acting was amazing and so was the simple yet very deep story. Expand
  7. BurnieV
    Jul 5, 2007
    0
    I never dreamt there were bad movies without Steven Seagal, it was a horror to sit through.

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