True Stories
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Director David Byrne (of Talking Heads) takes an outside-looking-in glance at Texas and Texans in True Stories. Casting himself as the protagonist/narrator, Byrne adopts what he thinks is "standard" western garb and drives his red convertible into the small town of Virgil. Here he observes the town's preparations for celebrating Texas' sesquicentennial, taking time out to introduce us to several of the local oddballs. Swoosie Kurtz plays Miss Rollings, the Laziest Woman in the World; Alix Elias is The Cute Woman, who decorates her home in the most hideously "sweet"… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Quirky David Byrne-helmed musical is all-ages appropriate."
‑ S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
"Absolutely amazing. If there is such a thing as the perfect American movie, this certainly comes close."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson,
"The bottom line is that Byrne and company offer us nothing more than another patronizing view of small-town America."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Byrne has made his version of Our Town for the 1980s, a glorification of commonplace--and kitch--and the resilient, inventive spirit of ordinary Americans wherever they are."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"good soundtrack, but smothered by a condescending attitude"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Post-modern pastiche on the then-hip American West; fun, strange, and distinctly a product of its time."
‑ Jake Euker, F5 (Wichita, KS)
"A very quirky but not unkind take on American life that's Byrnian through and through."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"If this was even half as hip and smart as it thinks, it'd be a classic."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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