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  • 100
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    The performances are uncommonly fine...Lone Star isn't built to ride trends. It's built to last. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    By the end, it is clear just how much in control Sayles has been all along. The resolution, though typically restrained, forcefully puts over the movie's point, that we're all more connected than we think. show more

  • 63
    Mike Clark USA Today

    [A] socially conscious sprawler... Sayles' latest never bores during its 21/4-hour unreeling. But neither does it soar, despite finessing a complex flashback narrative set in 1957 and present-day. [21 June 1996, p.3D] show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    This film is a wonder - the best work yet by one of our most original and independent filmmakers - and after it is over, and you begin to think about it, its meanings begin to flower. show more

  • 88
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Sayles cannily blends drama, romance, mystery, and social observation into a satisfying, if slightly overlong, whole. In the hands of a lesser film maker, this material could easily have degenerated into routine melodrama, but Sayles keeps it on a consistently high level. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    John Sayles's offbeat western shows how public controversies often overlap with private grudges and conflicting memories. show more

  • 75
    Barbara Shulgasser San Francisco Examiner

    While I was watching "Lone Star," I realized that what makes Sayles a good and socially responsible person - his ability to look at one thing a hundred different ways - is exactly what makes him a muddy filmmaker. show more

  • 100
    Kim Newman Empire

    Even one-scene characters are unforgettable, but Sayles really gets under the skin of his struggling-to-be-heroic leads, Sam and Pilar. Long after this summer's crop of action flicks is gone, you'll watch this for the third or fourth time and see fresh material. Outstanding. show more

  • 80
    TV Guide

    The film stumbles a bit towards the end (some deeply rooted conflicts are implausibly resolved), but terrific performances from a large cast -- particularly Elizabeth Pena as Sam's childhood sweetheart -- smooth over the rough spots. show more

  • 89
    Austin Chronicle

    The range of characters here is daringly broad, but Sayles is able to touch on the humanity of each (with considerable help from a gifted and eminently watchable cast), and the details of the region -- the heat, the beautiful but often unforgiving landscape, and especially the pride of the residents -- are vivid and true. show more

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