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Metascore

Based on 32 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
Its simplicity belies an emotional complexity that will linger in your mind like a gentle dream.
100
All the actors are good, but it's Farnsworth's brilliantly simple performance that brings The Straight Story so close to greatness.
100
Chicago Tribune
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.
90
Clear-eyed and open-hearted, The Straight Story (which is based on reality) tells a simple tale, and it does so with a rare, blessed simplicity.
88
New York Daily News
If there is any justice in the world, Farnsworth will be remembered at Oscar time.
83
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
I loved it...Without trying very hard, Farnsworth commands a unique and immensely appealing screen presence that could be called "a compilation of all the great western heroes of the movie past."
80
Chicago Reader
The wonderful Richard Farnsworth plays the lead, and he was clearly born for the part...a highly affecting and suggestive spiritual odyssey.
80
Richard Farnsworth shines as Alvin Straight, a role, one gets the feeling, that he has been preparing for all his life.
80
Variety
Lynch has directed his most satisfyingly disciplined movie.
75
Christian Science Monitor
As slow-moving as the voyage it portrays,...a surprisingly complex view of contemporary life beneath its good-natured surface.

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