The Straight Story Synopsis
Man (Richard Farnsworth) travels five weeks on a tractor to see his brother.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
A beautiful, appropriately loping little gem about growing older, daring to take risks and follow your heart. That probably sounds corny,...
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100

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
A great, haunting film; it affects us in ways we're not used to...it is capable of both lifting our hearts and chilling us to the bone.
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100

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
The Straight Story truly is one from the heart, and it is wonderful.
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100

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
Farnsworth's embodiment of old American values, with their combination of delicacy, reserve, and stand-alone independence, is a...
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100

USA Today

By Mike Clark
The best news the G rating has had since the ratings system was instituted in 1968.
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100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
All the actors are good, but it's Farnsworth's brilliantly simple performance that brings The Straight Story so close to greatness.
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Lynch's first movie since ''Blue Velvet'' that truly envelops you in its spell. It's a piece of celestial Americana -- his journey to the...
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90

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Lynch takes us on a journey of shattering understatement -- a remarkable accomplishment.
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88

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
If there is any justice in the world, Farnsworth will be remembered at Oscar time.
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79

Mr. Showbiz

By Kevin Maynard
Lynch's faith in the kindness of human nature has been renewed, yet thankfully he's never maudlin. Instead, he wins over our emotions with...
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Rated G
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 13+ Great, but young kids may be bored and restless.
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