Five Easy Pieces Reviews

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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.
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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.
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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
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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
Variety
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.
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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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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.
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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.
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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