Five Easy Pieces Reviews

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
July 4, 2015
A new kind of picture even for its era ... Jack Nicholson's performance still stands as one of his greatest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Noel Murray
The Dissolve
July 1, 2015
Director Bob Rafelson attempts something unusual here, making a film that's subtle about its meaning without ever ranging into the pretentiously oblique or merely ambiguous.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Michael Sragow
New Yorker
July 18, 2014
The flaws of this acutely self-conscious 1970 road picture grow more obvious with every passing year, but so does its passion and eloquence.
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
June 16, 2014
This superbly composed film comes as close to perfection as it gets.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
June 16, 2014
A key turn-of-the-decade film, with Nicholson railing against waitresses and barking at noisy dogs as Rafelson observes seedily picturesque roadside America.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Adrian Turner
Radio Times
June 16, 2014
The film, superbly directed by Rafelson, shifts the late 1960s hippy drop-out genre into the Ingmar Bergman class: it's cerebral, yes, but also moving and witty.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
June 16, 2014
The movie is a succession of dazzling scenes.

Daily Telegraph
June 16, 2014
The landscape photography of László Kovács is a minor marvel, while the sound design is an intelligent complement to the sonorities evoked in the film's title.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
April 30, 2013
The feature is anchored by Nicholson's performance, in which he demonstrates his unique ability to swiftly shape-shift from a cheeky sweet-heart into a volatile beast.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
January 18, 2013
Nicholson makes it all go. He proves he is more than a "character actor" with many scenes, especially the confrontation with his father.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
August 15, 2011
An American entry into the French New Wave starring a compelling Jack Nicholson.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jason Best
Movie Talk
March 10, 2011
Boasting a career best performance by Jack Nicholson in the lead role, Rafelson's movie is a penetrating study of American alienation.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
December 7, 2010
moves from scenes of quiet desperation to moments of great black humor
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Sean Axmaker
Parallax View
December 3, 2010
[Jack] Nicholson helped redefine the leading man as a guy who doesn't have the answers but still swaggers through with the show of confidence and control of someone who does.
Neil Smith
Total Film
August 19, 2010
Both spirited road movie and existential journey.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
February 23, 2010
It's a great work of the Discover America Seventies.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
February 26, 2008
A key American film of its era, Bob Rafelson's moody, character-driven tale of an upper-middle class dropout established Jack Nicholson as the foremost actor of his generation in articulating the values of the new generation.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 7, 2007
Bobby can be seen as spiritual descendant of Melville's scrivener Bartleby, preferring not to participate in a world to which he doesn't subscribe.
Full Review | Original Score: 91/100

Film4
July 26, 2007
Jack Nicholson shines in the film that helped cement his reputation as one of the finest actors of his generation.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 26, 2007
This episodic character study is one of the key American films of its era.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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