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Scarecrow (1973)



Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 3

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An ex-con learns the value of friendship in Jerry Schatzberg's picaresque road movie. Trying to hitch a ride on a desolate California road, fresh-out-of-prison Max (Gene Hackman) meets ex-sailor Lion (Al Pacino). They are both headed east, as Max dreams of opening a deluxe car wash in Pittsburgh and Lion believes that the wife and child he left behind will still welcome him home. The two decide to journey together, forging an increasingly deep yet uncertain friendship, as Lion teaches Max how


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Jul 12, 2005

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All Critics (22) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (4) | DVD (4)

Hollywood movies have rarely spoken such tough and tender truths.

May 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Periodically interesting but ultimately unsatisfying.

August 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Variety
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Schatzberg throws away the more interesting implications in order to make emotional hay.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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I assume that Schatzberg and White wanted somehow to ennoble Max and Lionel, but they sentimentalize them.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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There are fine moments, as there would have to be with Hackman and Pacino.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comment (1)
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Jerry Schatzberg's film embraces sprawl of both the narrative and geographical variety with freewheeling abandon.

May 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

The best film in Schatzberg's small but interesting oeuvre.

April 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

A poignant tale of lost souls from a golden age of US cinema.

April 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

As a picture of blue-collar America the film is credible and compassionate.

April 26, 2013 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

This is a jewel of American cinema.

April 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Guardian

This is no lost classic, but Pacino/Hackman superfans could do a lot, lot worse.

April 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

With its two peerless leads delivering riveting performances, this snapshot of the landscape of early 1970s America - external and internal - is a fine entry into the road movie canon.

April 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Electric Sheep
Electric Sheep

It's strong on the details of itinerant life, and allows plotting to take a back seat to character.

April 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

A road film, buddy movie and character study dramedy about alienation... .

October 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Embora siga claramente o padrão estabelecido por obras como Easy Rider e Perdidos na Noite, isto não impede o filme de se estabelecer como um tocante estudo de personagens - especialmente graças à dinâmica brilhante entre Hackman e Pacino.

July 18, 2010
Cinema em Cena

A compassionate buddy film about two lost, forgotten souls who still dream of a better life. A great, unsung film that all Hackman and Pacino fans must seek out.

October 9, 2005
Fantastica Daily

Suffused with sentimentality, humor and melancholy, it's also one of the most gorgeous movies of the decade this side of Terrence Malick...

August 12, 2005 Full Review Source: Now Playing Magazine

A lively picaresque tale of two down-and-out buddies struggling to survive.

July 25, 2005 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

It never really finds its groove.

July 5, 2005 Full Review Source:

Memorable performances by Hackman and Pacino overcome a sometimes shaky script to create a touching story of a convincingly messy friendship.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4

Audience Reviews for Scarecrow

Hackman and Pacino are terrific in this underrated road movie, an honest and refreshing character study about two different men who develop an unlikely bond - and the effect it causes on each of them. A great drama that can be funny and also surprisingly touching.
October 21, 2012

Super Reviewer

Scarecrow, is a great road movie, it's very sentimental, but this don't changes the wonderful screenplay, written by Michael White, and the direction of Schatzberg. Hackman and Pacino, show a impressive dynamics due that surely go move who is watching. A surprising motion picture whose show that, the better way to satisfy you self this made the people happy and not fight with they. Scarecrow just like Easy Rider and Midnight Cowboy, are road/buddy sentimental movies, sometimes very similar, but still a good film. Fresh.
May 26, 2011
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I can't believe more people haven't seen this movie.
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