The Last Picture Show
The Last Picture Show (1971)

This film is set in a Texas border town during the 1950s. High schoolers Sonny and Duane are best friends who spend much of their time hanging out at the movie house owned by one-time cowboy Sam the Lion. Sam plays the role of surrogate… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 30, 1999
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Consensus: Making excellent use of its period and setting, Peter Bogdanovich's small town coming-of-age story is a sad but moving classic filled with impressive performances.

Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York

It's meant to make you feel sad for what's lost, but a vitality throbs through it.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

It's all fairly calculated, though Bogdanovich knows how to cast actors and highlight character turns.

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Simon Miraudo

The Last Picture Show is indeed one of the greatest movies ever made (although I hardly think the scorekeepers were waiting for my vote to come in before they declared it such).

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Stefan Kanfer
TIME Magazine

Director Peter Bogdanovich has seen Anarene, Texas, in the cinematic terms of 1951 -- the langorous dissolves, the strong chiaroscuro, the dialogue that starts with bickering and ends at confessional.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Superb performances all round add to the charm of this fine, if now unfashionable film.

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Brian Costello
Common Sense Media

Classic American film has heavy themes and sex.

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Variety Staff

Notre Dame professor Edward Fischer has said that 'the best films, like the best books, tell how it is to be human under certain circumstances'. Larry McMurtry did a beautiful job of this.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The film is above all an evocation of mood. It is about a town with no reason to exist, and people with no reason to live there. The only hope is in transgression.

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Cole Smithey

[VIDEO ESSAY] A masterpiece by any standard, "The Last Picture Show" (1971) presents an emotionally apocalyptic reckoning of an America that has lost its way. The subtext-the film was made at the height of the Vietnam War - is hard to miss.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Coxxie Mild Sauce
From my local magazine review that i wrote: "Director Peter Bogdanovich has seen Anarene, Texas, in the cinematic terms of 1951 -- the languorous… More
Jennifer Xu
Seeing breasts on camera always unsettles me. This is like American Graffiti but in an alternate universe, where everything goes to crap.
Chris Weber
This is, by all accounts, supposed to be Peter Bogdanovich's masterpiece. Since this is the only film of his I've seen, I can't verify that… More
Conner Rainwater
When it comes to ensemble teen period movies, you rarely hear of this. Unlike American Graffiti and Dazed & Confused, this is critical of the time period… More
Reid Volk
A tender yet melancholy coming of age film that looks at the erosion of the American ideal. Set in 1951 and presented in black and white, this film provided… More
Michael S
Probably the quintessential teen film. Classic.

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