Paul Elliott’s review published on Letterboxd:
Unfolding with an expansive aerial view of the desert, Paris, Texas observes German filmmaker Wim Wenders taking advantage of his propensities in being a nonnative of the US to produce a film which possesses otherworldly qualities. Kings of the Road had already established the director's ability to bring into existence an outstanding narrative of self-discovery, and his collaboration here with playwright Sam Shepard is quite simply an exceptional exercise in artistry.
The cinematography from Dutchman Robby Müller is astonishing in quality, and his gorgeous nighttime photography and mastery for commandeering the enormous landscapes are exquisitely accompanied by an exceptional musical score by Ry Cooder. It additionally features a leading and significant performance from Harry Dean Stanton, who helps to transform the storyline into a heartfelt morality tale. This film is an unforgettable story of loss and redemption.