Lone Star
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Reminiscent of a fine novel in depth and complexity, writer-director John Sayles' acclaimed drama uses the investigation of a 25-year-old murder as the framework for a detailed exploration of life in a Texas border town. The nominal center of the film is Sheriff Sam Deeds (the superb, subtle Chris Cooper), the chief law officer of the town of Frontera. The low-key Sam is also the son of the late Buddy Deeds (played in flashbacks by Matthew McConaughey), who also served as town sheriff and still maintains a legendary status for ousting the vicious, corrupt Charlie Wade (a memorably vicious… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

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"[A] complex and rewarding new Texas murder mystery."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"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."
‑ Mike Clark, USA Today
"One of several of writer-director John Sayles's masterpieces -alongside such unforgettable films as "City of Hope," "Matewan" and "The Secret of Roan Inish" - "Lone Star" is an absorbing neo-Western mystery told in a haunting magical realist tone."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Well over two hours with not a single minute wasted."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"Lone Star is intrinsically an aggregate of John Sayles' prior films, politically and racially."
‑ Rumsey Taylor, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"A richly textured and thoroughly engrossing drama that ranks with indie filmmaker John Sayles' finest work."
‑ Joe Leydon, Variety
"Sayles' quiet intelligence and methodical pacing have their appeal, as long as things are moving forward. In "Lone Star" he keeps them moving."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"The latest chapter in Sayles' ongoing great American novel."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"John Sayles is in fine form here, thanks in no small part to an excellent cast."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"A intriguing use of non-linear narration . . . a palette of fascinating characters, and the gothic Americana setting of a small Texas town with many skeletons in its closet."
‑ Brian Mckay, eFilmCritic.com
"Sayles' witty, vividly demotic dialogue knocks even Tarantino for six, the characterisations are uniformly colourful and credible, the soundtrack and the widescreen camerawork exemplary ..."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"John Sayles' "Lone Star" contains so many riches, it humbles ordinary movies."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Lone Star, one of Sayles best and most popular films, explores the historical strain between the Mexican and American communities in Texas. Though a bit didactic (too many sermons), it's well acted and visually more satisfying than his other films"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"It is the structure of the film, including the smooth-subtle pans, turning present to past and back to present, that really awe. (published 7-19-96)"
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Could be shorter, but ultimately is Sayles doing what he does best"
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
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