Lone Star Synopsis
Small-town Texas sheriff (Chris Cooper) probes brutal predecessor's demise.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The performances are uncommonly fine...Lone Star isn't built to ride trends. It's built to last.
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100

Empire

By Kim Newman
Even one-scene characters are unforgettable, but Sayles really gets under the skin of his struggling-to-be-heroic leads, Sam and Pilar....
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
This film is a wonder - the best work yet by one of our most original and independent filmmakers - and after it is over, and you begin to...
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88

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Sayles cannily blends drama, romance, mystery, and social observation into a satisfying, if slightly overlong, whole. In the hands of a...
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83

Entertainment Weekly

The biggest problem with Lone Star is that colorful Charley Wade isn't the center of the movie -- it's bland Sam Deeds. Cooper isn't a...
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80

TV Guide

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The film stumbles a bit towards the end (some deeply rooted conflicts are implausibly resolved), but terrific performances from a large cast...
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
John Sayles's offbeat western shows how public controversies often overlap with private grudges and conflicting memories.
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75

San Francisco Examiner

By Barbara Shulgasser
While I was watching "Lone Star," I realized that what makes Sayles a good and socially responsible person - his ability to look at one...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
By the end, it is clear just how much in control Sayles has been all along. The resolution, though typically restrained, forcefully puts...
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63

USA Today

By Mike Clark
[A] socially conscious sprawler... Sayles' latest never bores during its 21/4-hour unreeling. But neither does it soar, despite finessing a...
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