Mystery Train
Mystery Train (1989)

A tacky, low-rent Memphis motel dedicated to Elvis Presley is the setting for this anecdotal comedy-drama. The film tells three overlapping but distinct stories taking place over the course of one evening, featuring foreign tourists,… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 17, 1989
DVD Release Date: March 28, 2000
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly

The three-part structure of Mystery Train is still a bit shambling and slight, but there's an undeniable air of deadpan cool that permeates the film and gives it a haunting sense of place.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

If there is a rationale for what takes place on-screen, it's not evident. Things happen, and nothing means anything.

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...has the same weird beauty as a Van Morrison vocal, a mannered eccentricity that somehow cracks open and lays bear the stuttering, fervid heart of what could have been banal material.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Happily, Jarmusch's formal inventiveness is framed by a rare flair for zany entertainment ...

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The best thing about "Mystery Train" is that it takes you to an America you feel you ought to be able to find for yourself, if you only knew where to look.

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Sean Axmaker

... his unhurried rhythms give the deadpan mix of quirky Americana, pop culture, and cinematic poetry a quietly lived-in quality...

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

It's the best thing Mr. Jarmusch has done to date.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Certainly Jarmusch brings back his favorite predilections (and probably always will), but he makes his passengers interesting, kicks the plot off the platform whenever possible and keeps the way ahead refreshingly uncertain.

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

Jarmuschs films are usually about the gradual accretion of small details than the articulation of a conventional narrative.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Graham Jones
Another classic from Jarmusch with the backdrop of Memphis and featuring great performances especially from Mr. Screamin' Jay Hawkins.
Mark Abell
A simple tale, told in three parts, of three groups of people who converge on the same flea-bag hotel in Memphis. The characters are eccentric, and the three… More
Drew Smith
Mystery Train was capable of much better. It's divided into thirds; the first portion is the best, far and away. The Japanese couple are the richest… More
Ryan Marshall
9.2/10 For a film directed by Jim Jarmusch, "Mystery Train" is surprisingly accessible and pleasantly easy to take. It is an ambitious, episodic… More
Michael Gildea
Has its moments, but not the best movie ever made.
Robert Brogan
Mystery Train is a fun and funny film. The characters are oddly endearing. The following-along style direction fits great with the storytelling. As with other… More