EW Staff
April 11, 1997 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Lone Star (Movie - 1996)

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
performer
Chris Cooper, Kris Kristofferson, Matthew McConaughey, Joe Morton, Frances McDormand, Elizabeth Pena
director
John Sayles
genre
Drama

We gave it a B+

Everything’s larger than life in Texas, it’s said, and writer-director John Sayles’ rich, Oscar-nominated screenplay begins with the outsize legend of Rio Grande County sheriff Buddy Deeds (Matthew McConaughey). Years later, Buddy’s son, frustrated, weary sheriff Sam Deeds (Cooper), takes on that legend by delving into his father’s role in the unsolved murder of a corrupt lawman (a coldly reptilian Kris Kristofferson). Director Sayles deftly enhances the story’s resonance with seamless flashbacks, and on video, the handy rewind button makes it easier to sort out the intricate plot. But muddy sound (especially in the film’s crucial finale) frustrates viewers who, like Sam, have struggled to extract the truth from the calcified remains of history, memory, desire, and myth. A-

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