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Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1994)

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Critic Reviews: 4
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Writer/director Gus Van Sant's early bid for big-time commercial success -- a success he didn't manage to achieve until Good Will Hunting -- is based on Tom Robbins' 1976 feminist bestseller. Uma Thurman plays Sissy Hankshaw, a woman born with very large thumbs. After her parents (Grace Zabriskie and Ken Kesey) take her to a doctor (Buck Henry), who offers her parents no remedy for their daughter's condition, the film races ahead to the 1970s. Sissy is now a popular feminine hygiene spray model

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Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy

Gus Van Sant

Nov 2, 2004

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All Critics (23) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (14) | DVD (6)

There are just too many half-cooked ingredients in this utopian stew of a movie.

January 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Newsweek
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Despite a promising start, Cowgirls is one of the most boring movies of all time, a ridiculous stew of mysticism, flat satire, and whimsy.

July 30, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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Arguably Van Sant's weakest film, this adaptation of Tom Robbins's feminist anarchic manifesto is poorly conceived, directed, and acted.

June 9, 2007 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

One of the most unwatchable disasters of the '80s

June 17, 2005 | Comments (2)
Lawrence Journal-World

I thought this was okay. I'm very embarrassed by that.

March 15, 2003 | Comments (2)
Juicy Cerebellum

Not as bad as claimed, but not very good either.

January 16, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Muddled, confused, ridiculously vulgar, with jokes that fall flat and performances that range from uneven to downright embarrassing...

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Audience Reviews for Even Cowgirls Get the Blues

Deep down, I wanted to like this movie, and I wanted it to be good. I wanted to like it in general, but also because this film has an infamous reputation for being terrible. I thought that it couldn't be that bad, and that it had to have at least one redeeming value or two. Well, it turns out that both I and the reputation are correct.

This movie does suck..a lot. But it does have some interesting and quirky performances. However, all the absurdity in the world can't make up for the fact that this story and script are muddled, incoherent, and a rambling, random mess. I'm sure everyone had fun making this film, and I do appreciate nuttiness, but c'mon, what the hell even happens in this movie?

I like the idea of a nice hippie with freaky oversized thumbs hitchhiking her way across the country. The idea of a bunch of raunchy cowgirls on a ranch is cool too. None of this comes together and really gels though. I like the cast. They are a large and diverse group of interesting characters. However, not all of the performances are all that great, and many of the characters are just goofy, shallow caricatures with little to no development. That said, they all try to put out a bit of effort at the very least. I do like John Hurt, though. In fact, he may be the highlight. He's a scream to watch run around in drag being flamboyant. This is probably one of his more brave, interesting, and eyebrow raising roles.

I think a good way to describe this mostly, but not quite irredeemable failure is that it is kind of like a light and slightly sanitized version of a John Waters film...maybe. It's probably best as a campy cult classic midnight movie. I've never heard it get that status though. Everyone instead just seems to hate it. As camp, it is sometimes fun, but somehow this manages to be boring, even during some of the odder and more absurd moments.

So yeah, this isn't a complete waste, but it is close.
June 13, 2013
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Chris Weber

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I only watched this because Crispin is in it, and he had an okay part, but I didn't care for this movie at all. It tries too hard to be quirky and cool that it just misses the mark. I couldn't stand this movie, and I don't recommend it.
May 18, 2011
ajv2688

Super Reviewer

Gus van sant is probably the only director i know of who can make a film thats boring and interesting at the same time, in more than one case too... oh, yea and im most likely one out of like 5 people to give this more than a star!
February 8, 2009
LoughnerWasLucid

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Not Van Sant's best work.
October 31, 2006
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