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Universal acclaim- based on 66 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.
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  1. Positive: 31 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. All the actors are good, but it's Farnsworth's brilliantly simple performance that brings The Straight Story so close to greatness.
  2. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    100
    The best news the G rating has had since the ratings system was instituted in 1968.
  3. A great, haunting film; it affects us in ways we're not used to...it is capable of both lifting our hearts and chilling us to the bone.
  4. 88
    Lynch's first G-rated feature, turns out to be one of the year's best films...a wonderful surprise.
  5. 80
    Indeed heartwarming, though not simplemindedly so.
  6. The wonderful Richard Farnsworth plays the lead, and he was clearly born for the part...a highly affecting and suggestive spiritual odyssey.
  7. Reviewed by: Graham Verdon
    50
    A snail-paced story in all of its glorious ... slowness.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 26
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 26
  3. Negative: 4 out of 26
  1. 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 the simple yet very deep story. Expand
  2. 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 off the phone and watch a nice story been told in pictures. Collapse
  3. Mar 25, 2012
    9
    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. Expand

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