Scarecrow Reviews

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Budd Wilkins
Slant Magazine
May 16, 2013
Jerry Schatzberg's film embraces sprawl of both the narrative and geographical variety with freewheeling abandon.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
May 14, 2013
Hollywood movies have rarely spoken such tough and tender truths.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
April 28, 2013
The best film in Schatzberg's small but interesting oeuvre.
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
April 26, 2013
A poignant tale of lost souls from a golden age of US cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Derek Malcolm
This is London
April 26, 2013
As a picture of blue-collar America the film is credible and compassionate.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
April 25, 2013
This is a jewel of American cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
April 25, 2013
This is no lost classic, but Pacino/Hackman superfans could do a lot, lot worse.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Neil Mitchell
Electric Sheep
April 24, 2013
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.
Tom Dawson
Total Film
April 17, 2013
It's strong on the details of itinerant life, and allows plotting to take a back seat to character.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 18, 2012
A road film, buddy movie and character study dramedy about alienation... .
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Variety Staff
Variety
August 16, 2010
Periodically interesting but ultimately unsatisfying.
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
July 18, 2010
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.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
Schatzberg throws away the more interesting implications in order to make emotional hay.
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 9, 2005
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.
| Original Score: 5/5
Brent Simon
Now Playing Magazine
August 12, 2005
Suffused with sentimentality, humor and melancholy, it's also one of the most gorgeous movies of the decade this side of Terrence Malick...
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 25, 2005
A lively picaresque tale of two down-and-out buddies struggling to survive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
July 5, 2005
It never really finds its groove.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 9, 2005
I assume that Schatzberg and White wanted somehow to ennoble Max and Lionel, but they sentimentalize them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
There are fine moments, as there would have to be with Hackman and Pacino.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

Film4
May 24, 2003
Memorable performances by Hackman and Pacino overcome a sometimes shaky script to create a touching story of a convincingly messy friendship.
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