True Stories
True Stories (1986)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: October 10, 1986
DVD Release Date: March 30, 1999
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media

Quirky David Byrne-helmed musical is all-ages appropriate.

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Luke Y. Thompson

Absolutely amazing. If there is such a thing as the perfect American movie, this certainly comes close.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

The bottom line is that Byrne and company offer us nothing more than another patronizing view of small-town America.

Emanuel Levy

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.

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James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

good soundtrack, but smothered by a condescending attitude

Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

Post-modern pastiche on the then-hip American West; fun, strange, and distinctly a product of its time.

Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

A very quirky but not unkind take on American life that's Byrnian through and through.

Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

If this was even half as hip and smart as it thinks, it'd be a classic.

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Robert C
A quirky, comic and insightful look at "Americana" through the eyes of one of the musical geniuses of our lifetime, Mr. David Byrne. Sountrack by… More
Lafe Fredbjornson
Quirky is right! Some of it rings of truth. I liked the songs about watching too much television, corporate religions and the kids in a suburban wasteland. The… More
Brett Warren
True Stories is a heartwarming, genuine, sometimes abstract look at the change taking place in Texas (and US in general) during the mid-1980's. David Byrne… More