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Five Easy Pieces Reviews

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Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 30, 2002
Perhaps the most overrated of the early '70s masterpieces.
| Original Score: 2/5
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
February 28, 2002
Critics praise the film's daring, lavishing it with undeserved attention even now, thirty years after it was released.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Greenspun
New York Times
May 21, 2003
Rafelson is expert at supporting this movement, and the film proceeds from scene to scene with a quiet competent modernism that bespeaks quality, but that more often begs than provides expression.
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
April 30, 2003
I expected a lot more from this film. It's basically a rambling boredom piece.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
July 26, 2007
The film embraces proletarian chic but still gets its laughs by abusing waitresses.
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David Denby
New Yorker
June 16, 2014
The movie has more anger than it knows what to do with; that's its fascination and its weakness, too.
Simon Miraudo
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
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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 25, 2003
We'd had a revelation. This was the direction American movies should take: Into idiosyncratic characters, into dialogue with an ear for the vulgar and the literate, into a plot free to surprise us about the characters, into an existential ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
March 18, 2007
Just give the guy a piece of toast.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Michael Szymanski
International Press Academy
September 23, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
January 26, 2006
The result is less a story and more a collection of incidents and character studies, all of which inform each other and extend our understanding of Nicholson's mode of survival: flight.
Cole Smithey
April 6, 2006
| Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 21, 2004
It hasn't aged as well as some of its 1970s counterparts, but it's still a heartbreaking film and a minor classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
February 23, 2010
It's a great work of the Discover America Seventies.
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Variety Staff
July 26, 2007
The film's nervewracking quality is consistent with its content. Nicholson's performance is a remarkably varied and daring exploration of a complex character, equally convincing in its manic and sober aspects.
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
March 21, 2003
Nicholson at his angry, young man peak. Cynical, anti-authoritarian drama.
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeremy Heilman
June 9, 2002
It often seems endless in the possibilities of its human observation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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.
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