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Based on 32 Reviews
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  • 90
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Lynch takes us on a journey of shattering understatement -- a remarkable accomplishment. show more

  • 100
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    All the actors are good, but it's Farnsworth's brilliantly simple performance that brings The Straight Story so close to greatness. show more

  • 100
    Mike Clark USA Today

    The best news the G rating has had since the ratings system was instituted in 1968. show more

  • 100
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    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. show more

  • 88
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    If there is any justice in the world, Farnsworth will be remembered at Oscar time. show more

  • 79
    Kevin Maynard Mr. Showbiz

    Lynch's faith in the kindness of human nature has been renewed, yet thankfully he's never maudlin. Instead, he wins over our emotions with the film's understated beauty. show more

  • 100
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    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. show more

  • 100
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    The Straight Story truly is one from the heart, and it is wonderful. show more

  • 100
    Wesley Morris San Francisco Examiner

    A momentously, shockingly moving fit of shape-shifting by a filmmaker grown tired of the macabre. show more

  • 100
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    Farnsworth's embodiment of old American values, with their combination of delicacy, reserve, and stand-alone independence, is a one-of-a-kind treasure. show more

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