The Straight Story
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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, "the Straight story" chronicles Alvin's patient odyssey and those he meets along the way. When not rolling along at five miles an hour aboard his '66 John Deere, Alvin encounters a number of strangers, from a teenage runaway to a fellow World War II veteran. By sharing his life's earned wisdom with simple stories, Alvin has a profound… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Lynch has slowed the world down and gotten back in touch with it."
‑ David Edelstein, Slate
"David Lynch shifts gears in this lyrical miracle of a film about a man and his John Deere riding mower."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"look and feel of a foreign film"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"One could say that The Straight Story is a twilight Western on the order of Unforgiven, except that the pale rider here mounts a snail-paced John Deere instead of a stallion."
‑ Rob Nelson, City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
"Farnsworth proves the greatest special effect is the human face."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"Another pleasant surprise."
‑ David Hunter, Hollywood Reporter
"The screenplay by John Roach and Mary Sweeney finds poetry and truth."
‑ Roger Ebert, At the Movies
"Great, but young kids may be bored and restless."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"I don't know how much is 'based on a true story,' but deeper truth about life, love, and forgiveness rings out loud and clear."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"Lynch has no intention of trying to “explain” what makes Alvin tick or of understanding him in any reductionistic way; of reducing a man to a motivation."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"A beguiling piece of Americana."
‑ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"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."
‑ Christopher Runyon, Movie Mezzanine
"Mainstream-accessible yet completely maintains Lynch's uniquely off-kilter artistic identity."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Director David Lynch's American odyssey is a masterwork of quiet poetry."
‑ James Rocchi, Netflix
"The story seems to reveal itself naturally, like a flower bud opening up."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
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