[It] remains a vital piece of filmmaking
It came nowhere close to the numbers on Easy Rider, but it is so much more worthwhile as a film. Indeed, I'm going to push my luck and say there has never been a better film about sweaters.
The ultimate road movie and one of the great American movies of the 1970s.
As a study in obsession and emotional dislocation Two-Lane Blacktop is in a class of its own.
| Original Score: 4/5
"Two-Lane Blacktop" prompts a dialogue of uncertain expectation with its audience.
| Original Score: A
... a quiet, existential masterpiece that has turned into a bonafide cult classic.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
even if the Driver and co. are just passin' through, they encapsulate a whole generation lost in the rootless, directionless '70s, scorching the viewer's retina with their quest for nothing.
Captures an aura of existential despondence that's married to a far less evocative (and durable) strain of counterculture romantic doom.
| Original Score: B-
Much more about the journey and the thrill of being a racer as it is about races...
What Two-Lane Blacktop pronounces in its visuals, limited dialogue, and willfully underdeveloped characters remains largely superficial, yet its silence and patience indicate much depth.
Perhaps director Monte Hellman's finest film.
| Original Score: 4/4
Two-Lane Blacktop is a movie of achingly eloquent landscapes and absurdly inert characters.
The strange and sometimes pathetic world of barnstorming, hustling street-racing is explored with feeling by director-editor Monte Hellman.
This exciting existentialist road movie by Monte Hellman, with a swell script by Rudolph Wurlitzer and Will Corry and my favorite Warren Oates performance, looks even better now than it did in 1971.
Oates gives a compelling performance and musicians Taylor and Wilson supply the right degree of drifter cool.
This is not a film about narrative but loneliness and life on the road, which it captures with a mysterious brilliance.
| Original Score: 5/5
It's absolutely riveting.
The ultimate existential road movie.
An excellent piece of introspective 1970s Americana.
| Original Score: 4/4
| Original Score: 3/5