Timcop’s review published on Letterboxd :
Dustin Hoffman is absolutely mesmerizing in this, what might just be his best role. Such an amazingly realistic depiction of crime and prison life, STRAIGHT TIME immediately rockets up near the top of the best crime films I've ever seen. Pretty ungodly in its harrowing intensity, with Theresa Russell, Harry Dean Stanton and Gary Busey all absolutely bringing it. M Emmett Walsh plays a total prick like nobody's business, and the scene where Dustin Hoffman makes an unbelievable choice that affects the outcome of the rest of the movie is so shocking, I'm not even sure Walsh knew what was going to happen despite having read the script. Fucking phenomenal.