Lone Star
Lone Star (1996)

A small town Texas sheriff who is living in the shadow of his legendary father prods an investigation no one wants after his father's bones are discovered. Various side-plots and well developed characters line this interesting drama.

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 21, 1996
DVD Release Date: November 9, 1999
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Smart and absorbing, Lone Star represents a career high point for writer-director John Sayles -- and '90s independent cinema in general.

John Hartl
Seattle Times

[A] complex and rewarding new Texas murder mystery.

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Mike Clark
USA Today

Sayles' latest never bores during its 21/4-hour unreeling. But neither does it soar, despite finessing a complex flashback narrative set in 1957 and present-day.

Cole Smithey

One of several of writer-director John Sayles's masterpieces -alongside such unforgettable films as "City of Hope," "Matewan" and "The Secret of Roan Inish" - "Lone Star" is an absorbing neo-Western mystery told in a haunting magical realist tone.

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Joe Leydon

A richly textured and thoroughly engrossing drama that ranks with indie filmmaker John Sayles' finest work.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

John Sayles' "Lone Star" contains so many riches, it humbles ordinary movies.

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Rob Gonsalves

The latest chapter in Sayles' ongoing great American novel.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Sayles' witty, vividly demotic dialogue knocks even Tarantino for six, the characterisations are uniformly colourful and credible, the soundtrack and the widescreen camerawork exemplary ...

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

The great, stirring epic "Lone Star" stands as a peak in the career of John Sayles, who already has such admirably serious films to his credit.

Emanuel Levy

Lone Star, one of Sayles best and most popular films, explores the historical strain between the Mexican and American communities in Texas. Though a bit didactic (too many sermons), it's well acted and visually more satisfying than his other films

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
xGary Xx
The sheriff of a small Texas border town who languishes in the shadow of his legendary father investigates the murder of a corrupt predecessor who disappeared… More
Alex roy
Lone Star is an incredible crime / drama film. John Sayles directs an incredible cast of talented actors in this well plotted drama. Lonestar mixes many genres… More
Dan Schultz
A near-masterpiece of the noir genre, detailing the dirty underpinnings of a close-knit town in Texas, specifically a respected sheriff (Chris Cooper) who… More
familiar stranger
The movie begins with the discovery of a skull, a ring & a badge on a deserted rifle range. This prompts Sheriff Sam Deeds to investigate the matter. But… More
Sophie Burgess
Far too long for what it is, I just couldn't concentrate on it and couldn't understand what was going on. Not my type of movie.
Randy Tippy
Sayles starts off with a plethora of concurrent story lines and flashbacks but manages to tie them all together quite nicely. This film deals with everything… More

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