Lone Star
Lone Star (1996)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 9, 1999
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Smart and absorbing, Lone Star represents a career high point for writer-director John Sayles -- and '90s independent cinema in general.

John Hartl
Seattle Times

[A] complex and rewarding new Texas murder mystery.

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Mike Clark
USA Today

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.

Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

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.

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Joe Leydon
Variety

A richly textured and thoroughly engrossing drama that ranks with indie filmmaker John Sayles' finest work.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

Sayles' quiet intelligence and methodical pacing have their appeal, as long as things are moving forward. In "Lone Star" he keeps them moving.

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Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com

The latest chapter in Sayles' ongoing great American novel.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Sayles' witty, vividly demotic dialogue knocks even Tarantino for six, the characterisations are uniformly colourful and credible, the soundtrack and the widescreen camerawork exemplary ...

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

John Sayles' "Lone Star" contains so many riches, it humbles ordinary movies.

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
xGary Xx
The sheriff of a small Texas border town who languishes in the shadow of his legendary father investigates the murder of a corrupt predecessor who disappeared… More
Sophie Burgess
Far too long for what it is, I just couldn't concentrate on it and couldn't understand what was going on. Not my type of movie.
Anthony Lawrie
Lone Star is a contemporary Western of the highest calibre. The story covers 4 decades and weaves in and out of the lives of certain characters who have lived… More
Alex roy
Lone Star is an incredible crime / drama film. John Sayles directs an incredible cast of talented actors in this well plotted drama. Lonestar mixes many genres… More
Dan Schultz
A near-masterpiece of the noir genre, detailing the dirty underpinnings of a close-knit town in Texas, specifically a respected sheriff (Chris Cooper) who… More
familiar stranger
The movie begins with the discovery of a skull, a ring & a badge on a deserted rifle range. This prompts Sheriff Sam Deeds to investigate the matter. But… More

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