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The Straight Story Review

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  • 5.0

    out of 100

    Universal acclaim
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    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

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

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

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

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  • 91

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly 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 light side of the moon.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

Great, but young kids may be bored and restless.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has no four-letter words or nudity, and there is nothing in the movie that is likely to cause offense or trauma. Still, it is not for most younger kids, who will be bored and restless.

  • Families can talk about the essential decency of all of the characters in this movie, and the film's strong themes of the importance of family.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Mild.

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    Sex: Reference to unwed pregnancy.

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    Language: Not an issue

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Most characters smoke, reference to past alcohol abuse.