The Straight Story
The Straight Story (1999)

From director David Lynch comes a lyrical portrait of one man's real journey across America's Heartland. Filmed along the 260-mile route that the actual Alvin Straight traversed in 1994 from Laurens, Iowa to Mt. Zion, Wisconsin,… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: November 7, 2000
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Slow-paced but heart-warming.

David Edelstein

Lynch has slowed the world down and gotten back in touch with it.

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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

David Lynch shifts gears in this lyrical miracle of a film about a man and his John Deere riding mower.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

look and feel of a foreign film

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David Hunter
Hollywood Reporter

Another pleasant surprise.

Roger Ebert
At the Movies

The screenplay by John Roach and Mary Sweeney finds poetry and truth.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Great, but young kids may be bored and restless.

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Jay Carr
Boston Globe

A beguiling piece of Americana.

Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine

Is The Straight Story one of my favorite Lynch films? Hard to say. Is it one of his most meticulously, and perfectly constructed? Well, I just can't disagree on that one.

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Michael Dequina

Mainstream-accessible yet completely maintains Lynch's uniquely off-kilter artistic identity.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
An unusually straightforward and delicate film by David Lynch that calls for a bit of patience from the viewer but proves to be extremely moving and more than… More
Graham Jones
This surprise G-rated, heartwarming family film from director David Lynch stands up to any of his surreal masterpieces. Amazing performances from Farnsworth and… More
Jens S.
A David Lynch movie without murder, switched personalities, inner monologues or even the slightest hint of cynicism? Unbelievable? Indeed. And yet that's… More
Aj V
Is this seriously from David Lynch? I think he just put his name on it to make our heads spin. I found this film horribly boring, uninteresting, and bland.… More
Lucas Martins
A moving and interesting Lynch's film, a portrait about family, love and forgiven. An odyssey with rare characters and nice stories. The Straight Story… More
Nicki Marie
Had to let a day lapse after seeing this one so I could digest what I actually thought of it! I have to admit, was not overly enthralled while watching it.… More