The Straight Story | Critical Review by Stanley Kauffmann

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Critical Review by Stanley Kauffmann

SOURCE: Kauffmann, Stanley. “Character as Destiny.” New Republic (15 November 1999): 28.

In the following review, Kauffmann praises The Straight Story as “a small epic” that embodies the American ideal of rugged individualism.

The viewer need not know David Lynch's reputation before seeing The Straight Story, but it helps. Here is a writer-director celebrated for his eccentricities, his disregard for convention, in such works as Twin Peaks and Blue Velvet, who has done a picture released by Disney, a picture based on the true story of an old man making a sentimental journey. Anyone ignorant of Lynch who sees The Straight Story will need an extra mite of patience to allow its beauty to unfold; others will be curious from the start about why this unconventional filmmaker chose this material, and that curiosity will speed...

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