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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Critic Score: 100% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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.

Andrew Sarris
Village Voice

At first glance, the movie is a faithful and skillful adaptation of the source, but a second look at both the film and the book reveals some interesting divergences.

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

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

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Tom Milne
Monthly Film Bulletin

It is difficult to know where to stop in listing the really outstanding performances -- Cloris Leachman, Ben Johnson, Timothy Bottoms, Eileen Brennan, et al.

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Pauline Kael
New Yorker

It's plain and uncondescending in its re-creation of what it means to be a high-school athlete, of what a country dance hall is like, of the necking in cars and movie houses, and of the desolation that follows high-school graduation.

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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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Wendy Ide
Times [UK]

A sublime study of sexually charged ennui in a dying town in 1950s Texas.

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Tom Huddleston
Time Out

The scene where Sam imparts his wisdom to young buck Bottoms may be the saddest, loveliest moment in 1970s American cinema. And that's saying something.

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Variety Staff
Variety

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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Simon Miraudo
Quickflix

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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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.