Mystery Train
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Written and directed by the ever-unpredictable Jim Jarmusch, Mystery Train is comprised of three short anecdotes involving foreign tourists in Tennessee. Each story is set in a fleabag Memphis hotel which has been redressed as a "tribute" to Elvis Presley. Story one involves two Japanese tourists whose devotion to '50s American rock music blinds them to everything around them. Story two finds eternal victim Luisa (Nicoletta Braschi) sharing a room with stone-broke Dee Dee (Elizabeth Bracco) and having her problems solved by a spectral vision of the King. And story three offers… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The three-part structure of Mystery Train is still a bit shambling and slight, but there's an undeniable air of deadpan cool that permeates the film and gives it a haunting sense of place."
‑ Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly
"If there is a rationale for what takes place on-screen, it's not evident. Things happen, and nothing means anything."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"...has the same weird beauty as a Van Morrison vocal, a mannered eccentricity that somehow cracks open and lays bear the stuttering, fervid heart of what could have been banal material."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"(O)nce it plants itself within, it remains a vivid cultural memory."
‑ Matthew Sorrento, Bright Lights Film Journal
"[in] Jarmusch's strange elegy for faded Americana... nostalgia reigns, love is lost, death is never far away, and everything is haunted by the ghost of Elvis, "young and beautiful looking, like in 1956"."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
"Happily, Jarmusch's formal inventiveness is framed by a rare flair for zany entertainment ..."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"The best thing about "Mystery Train" is that it takes you to an America you feel you ought to be able to find for yourself, if you only knew where to look."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"... his unhurried rhythms give the deadpan mix of quirky Americana, pop culture, and cinematic poetry a quietly lived-in quality..."
‑ Sean Axmaker,
"Jarmusch finds visual poetry in the run-down, the ignored, and the decrepit, especially via the use of neon colors cutting into the darkness and the gray"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Jarmusch's mildly entertaining film tells three stories that take place at the same time but are told sequentially (end-to-end) rather than through intercutting, which is Hollywood's prevalent norm."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"It's the best thing Mr. Jarmusch has done to date."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Certainly Jarmusch brings back his favorite predilections (and probably always will), but he makes his passengers interesting, kicks the plot off the platform whenever possible and keeps the way ahead refreshingly uncertain."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Jarmuschs films are usually about the gradual accretion of small details than the articulation of a conventional narrative."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"The humor is here. It's so deadpan that it sneaks up on you."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Brilliantly witty and keenly observant of the social scene."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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