Midnight Cowboy Reviews

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Wanda Hale
New York Daily News
February 23, 2015
Even with every foot of grim realism and some humor, Midnight Cowboy is rather a sad picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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TIME Magazine
February 23, 2015
No amount of obfuscation can obscure the film's vaulting performances.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
September 2, 2014
Midnight Cowboy moves beyond realism into an archetypal tale of the Big City destroying dreamers. Joe and Ratso, like Of Mice and Men's George and Lenny, are quintessential failed, lower-class, buddy-dreamers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
July 1, 2014
Classic Oscar winner has explicit material, mature themes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Derek Malcolm
January 13, 2014
We can identify with them without false sentimentality and it is impossible not to do so.
Alan Jones
Radio Times
January 13, 2014
[A] tawdry, strident yet deeply affecting tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

Total Film
February 12, 2013
Strip away everything else and it's the performances that make Midnight Cowboy what it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robert Hatch
The Nation
February 12, 2013
The attempt to wring tender laughter from such a topic strikes me as being itself a kind of commercialized vice.
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
January 18, 2013
I cannot recall a more marvelous pair of acting performances in any one film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Cole Smithey
December 9, 2011
"Midnight Cowboy" is an exquisite time capsule. The film is filled with dark social and political commentary. Only through his problematic friendship with Ratzo can Buck reclaim his humanity.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Midnight Cowboy's peep-show vision of Manhattan lowlife may no longer be shocking, but what is shocking, in 1994, is to see a major studio film linger this lovingly on characters who have nothing to offer the audience but their own lost souls.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Adam Smith
Empire Magazine
February 20, 2008
Superb performances and a compelling script have made this film a strange mix of Oscar-winner and Cult Classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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January 30, 2008
In this film the scenery is lovely and only the human race is vile.
Douglas Pratt
January 30, 2008
The movie is locked into a sixties stylistic approach that can feel dated, but Hoffman's performance can prevent one from ever tiring of the film.
Jon Fortgang
January 30, 2008
An impressive and enduring evocation of time and place, this is a moving low-life drama built around Oscar-winning writing and performances.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
December 13, 2006
Talented Englishman Schlesinger had an unerring eye for capturing the grimy reality of New York, even if his directorial style is more jittery than is really necessary.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
December 13, 2006
The acting, showy and instinctual, is most of the movie; the visual style is too forced and chicly distended to let the drama acquire much natural life of its own.
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
December 2, 2006
Great performances from Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman cap this bravest Academy Awards Best Picture choice in history.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Outrageously overrated at the cynical end of the Swinging Sixties.
Clint Morris
March 11, 2006
A film you won't soon forget
| Original Score: 4/5
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