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The Panic in Needle Park (1971)

The Panic in Needle Park

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 6.7/10
Reviews Counted: 10
Fresh: 7
Rotten: 3

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

No Top Critics Tomatometer score yet...

Average Rating: N/A
Reviews Counted: 4
Fresh: 2
Rotten: 2

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 6,037

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Movie Info

A couple loves heroin as much as they love each other in Jerry Schatzberg's grim drug drama. After an illegal abortion at the behest of her faithless lover (Raul Julia), lost innocent Helen (Kitty Winn) finds solace with small-time crook Bobby (Al Pacino), a regular in Manhattan's "Needle Park." As Bobby shows her around his Upper West Side world, the two become inseparable. When Helen realizes that Bobby is a full-blown junkie, she joins him in addiction, and their downward spiral begins in … More

Rating:
PG
Genre:
Drama , Classics
Directed By:
Written By:
Joan Didion
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Jun 19, 2007
Runtime:


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Critic Reviews for The Panic in Needle Park

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (3) | DVD (2)

The movie's well-fed, camera-loving cast and general air of self-satisfied slumming reveal Panic for what it is: the kind of drug movie a pair of Malibu intellectuals and a fashion photographer would cook up.

Full Review… | January 29, 2009
Time Out New York
Top Critic

A gruelling but highly responsible film about the influence of heroin on a New York street romance.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It is not filled with quick cutting or gimmicky editing, but Jerry Schatzberg's direction is so confident that we cover the ground effortlessly.

Full Review… | April 9, 2005
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Made its mark during its day, but has become outdated.

Full Review… | March 21, 2009
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The Panic in the Needle Park rolls up the drug culture's sleeve and picks at the scabs underneath.

Full Review… | May 9, 2007
Slant Magazine

An occasion to meditate upon the frightfulness of heroin addiction and why many youth opt for the euphoria of white powder rather than the promises of the American dream.

Full Review… | April 29, 2007
Spirituality and Practice

More a character study than any kind of narrative story, it's moderately worthwhile but far from a classic.

Full Review… | August 25, 2005
Filmcritic.com

Além de contar com as estupendas atuações de Winn e Pacino (em sua brilhante estréia no Cinema), este ainda é um dos melhores filmes já produzidos sobre dependência química.

April 21, 2005
Cinema em Cena

A brilliantly performed, remarkably un-exploitative (and occasionally funny) portrayal of the ravages of drug addiction, shot with searing documentary-style realism from Schatzberg.

Full Review… | April 9, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Panic in Needle Park

½

A stark drug addiction tale, dignified child of the early seventies, when explorations of social, economical and political taboos were brutally honest. Back then newcomers, Al Pacino and Kitty Winn pour their souls as a couple of heroin addicts struggling to survive their habit. aesthetically the statement is as grim as life itself: hope is brief, there's no music, nor full closure, it goes on and on, and gets harder each time.

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pier007
Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

I loved this movie from start to finish. I could have watched it for hours. I loved the style that Schatzberg uses and it is one of the more realistic drug films I have seen. Al Pacino is phenomenal and it was cool to see a very young Raul Julia and Paul Sorvino. A depressing gem with an amazing ending.

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Tim Sigur

Super Reviewer

½

There isn't much going on in this movie it seems, or maybe it's just me? Sure there's a love story, and it has it's ups and downs like all love stories, and yes it's interesting to see what life was like for these people in needle park, but there isn't an end to the movie, and I didn't like that.

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ajv2688
AJ Verser

Super Reviewer

½

Yet another great early film from starring Pacino, a story of love and the escalation to drug addiction.

This film would be just as relevant in today's time as it was back then.

Al Pacino's attraction for the controversial in the early days was truly admirable.

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76Majikat
Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

The Panic in Needle Park Quotes


Bobby:
I don't want you coming down when I'm up.
– Submitted by Anna C (7 months ago)
Helen:
I think I'm gonna go home, I think.
Bobby:
Oh yeah, where's home?
Helen:
Ft. Wayne.
Bobby:
Illinois? Hey, I did time there!
Helen:
No, Indiana...
Bobby:
Oh, well I think I did time there too.
– Submitted by Charles R (12 months ago)

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