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The Last Picture Show Reviews

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January 23, 2020
An American classic in every sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 30, 2019
It transcends and transforms its near-banal material partly because it contains, all the way through the cast, some of the best acting you're likely to see this \ear, mostly because it is so sensitive to the details of time and place.
July 17, 2019
Peter Bogdanovich has made one of his most honest as well as mature films. [Full Review in Spanish]
January 17, 2019
The deep-shadowed, dusty black-and-white cinematography by the legendary Robert Surtees... helps elevate the story beyond the realistic and anticlimactic, making it mythic and poetic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 2, 2015
At first glance, the movie is a faithful and skillful adaptation of the source, but a second look at both the film and the book reveals some interesting divergences.
March 2, 2015
It's plain and uncondescending in its re-creation of what it means to be a high-school athlete, of what a country dance hall is like, of the necking in cars and movie houses, and of the desolation that follows high-school graduation.
March 2, 2015
Despite the fact that it is set with hallucinating exactness in Texas and in 1951... this story of the disparity between dreams and reality, of lost illusions and the abandonment of hope, might have been set anywhere at any time.
March 2, 2015
A sublime study of sexually charged ennui in a dying town in 1950s Texas.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
March 2, 2015
The scene where Sam imparts his wisdom to young buck Bottoms may be the saddest, loveliest moment in 1970s American cinema. And that's saying something.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 21, 2014
The Last Picture Show is indeed one of the greatest movies ever made (although I hardly think the scorekeepers were waiting for my vote to come in before they declared it such).
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 1, 2012
Classic American film has heavy themes and sex.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 16, 2012
[VIDEO ESSAY] A masterpiece by any standard, "The Last Picture Show" (1971) presents an emotionally apocalyptic reckoning of an America that has lost its way. The subtext-the film was made at the height of the Vietnam War - is hard to miss.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
September 28, 2011
For the members of the New Hollywood, it was a briefly opened window on revitalized filmmaking and venturesome storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 27, 2011
It's meant to make you feel sad for what's lost, but a vitality throbs through it.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
April 17, 2011
Bogdanovich's masterpiece, it's an elegy for a vanishing America...
April 15, 2011
Peter Bogdanovich's 1971 movie is a coming-of-age story, a portrait of small-town Texas, and one of the all-time great American elegies.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
April 15, 2011
Its portrait of a floundering community is the film's strongest virtue.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
April 14, 2011
Unmissable.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
April 14, 2011
This is a masterclass in how to create fully rounded characters and then give them real lives to lead.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
April 14, 2011
Peter Bogdanovich's eerie homage to olden times and movies, one of the key Hollywood films of the early 1970s, looks ever more crisply stunning and remote.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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