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: October 15, 1999
DVD Release Date: November 7, 2000
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Slow-paced but heart-warming.

David Edelstein
Slate

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

Jay Carr
Boston Globe

A beguiling piece of Americana.

Sean Axmaker
Stream on Demand

The Straight Story could easily slide into melancholy and sentimentality without Lynch's sensibility, an odd mix of up-by-your bootstraps American conservatism and on-the-road romanticism.

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David Hunter
Hollywood Reporter

Another pleasant surprise.

Eleanor Ringel Cater
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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

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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Susan Stark
Detroit News

Go with high expectations and be sure to take the children.

Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

Lynch's first movie since Blue Velvet that truly envelops you in its spell.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

look and feel of a foreign film

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Mark Walker
Walt Disney and David Lynch are two names that you wouldn't ordinarily expect to see involved on the same project. Disney is, of course, the leading… 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
Kevin M. Williams
A surprise here even before the film gets to rolling: 1) Its a Disney production and 2) its directed by David Lynch. If ever there was unlikely matchup this is… 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
Carlos Magalhães
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