Universal acclaim - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. A great, haunting film; it affects us in ways we're not used is capable of both lifting our hearts and chilling us to the bone.
  2. 100
    The Straight Story truly is one from the heart, and it is wonderful.
  3. A beautiful, appropriately loping little gem about growing older, daring to take risks and follow your heart. That probably sounds corny, and The Straight Story is.
  4. A momentously, shockingly moving fit of shape-shifting by a filmmaker grown tired of the macabre.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    The best news the G rating has had since the ratings system was instituted in 1968.
  6. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Farnsworth's embodiment of old American values, with their combination of delicacy, reserve, and stand-alone independence, is a one-of-a-kind treasure.
  7. The most atmospheric thing in the movie is Farnsworth's face.
  8. 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.
  9. All the actors are good, but it's Farnsworth's brilliantly simple performance that brings The Straight Story so close to greatness.
  10. 100
    Its simplicity belies an emotional complexity that will linger in your mind like a gentle dream.
  11. Lynch's first movie since ''Blue Velvet'' that truly envelops you in its spell. It's a piece of celestial Americana -- his journey to the light side of the moon.
  12. 90
    Lynch takes us on a journey of shattering understatement -- a remarkable accomplishment.
  13. 90
    Clear-eyed and open-hearted, The Straight Story (which is based on reality) tells a simple tale, and it does so with a rare, blessed simplicity.
  14. Reviewed by: Janet Maslin
    Switching gears radically, bravely defying conventional wisdom about what it takes to excite moviegoers, Lynch presents the flip side of "Blue Velvet" and turns it into a supremely improbable triumph.
  15. Cuts a path directly to the heart.
  16. If there is any justice in the world, Farnsworth will be remembered at Oscar time.
  17. 88
    Lynch's first G-rated feature, turns out to be one of the year's best films...a wonderful surprise.
  18. I loved it...Without trying very hard, Farnsworth commands a unique and immensely appealing screen presence that could be called "a compilation of all the great western heroes of the movie past."
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 67 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 26
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 26
  3. Negative: 4 out of 26
  1. Oct 15, 2012
    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 the simple yet very deep story. Full Review »
  2. Mar 25, 2012
    The Straight Story is so relaxing, poetic, and beautiful in its approach that all people are decent and that the journey is all part of the final destination. Full Review »
  3. May 8, 2011
    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 off the phone and watch a nice story been told in pictures. Full Review »