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Zabriskie Point

Zabriskie Point (1970)

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20

Average Rating: 4.3/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 4

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Average Rating: 3.7/5
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Movie Info

This is a poetic chronicle of counterculture America.

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Drama, Action & Adventure, Romance

May 26, 2009

MGM

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All Critics (21) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (8) | DVD (3)

Antonioni has sought to bring into the focus of his own insights, the student vs establishment conflict. He is on foreign terrain.

July 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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Antonioni's sorrowing, stranger's-eye view of modern America is sadly flawed by the way his 'story' s bogged down in the mood of student revolt dogging the nation in the late '60s.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Because of the fundamental emptiness of his American vision, all sorts of flaws that one might overlook in better Antonioni films become apparent.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Antonioni has no feeling for young people...He has tried to make a serious movie and hasn't even achieved a beach-party level of insight.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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[Antonioni's] beautiful handling of 'Scope compositions and moods has many lingering aftereffects, and the grand and beautiful apocalyptic finale is downright spectacular.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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As a fan of Antonioni's other works, I'd have to say that, of the ones I've seen, Zabriskie Point ranks near the bottom.

January 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Antonioni's first U.S. film is flawed, but it's worth watching.

January 8, 2013
EmanuelLevy.Com

...can't be regarded as any sort of success. It's a self-indulgent movie, filled with half-baked ideas and radical sloganeering.

July 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

You will not see a better distillation of the entire 1960s and everything it stood for - good, bad, indifferent, insightful - than this uncompromising artistic overview.

July 2, 2009 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

Almost 40 years later, Zabriskie Point exists to teach us more exact and sensitive perceptions about a cultural moment that its original audience was too close to appropriately observe.

May 27, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Press
New York Press

If you just sit back and let the film ride out as an experience, you're bound to enjoy the journey

May 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

If the film is a failure, then at least it is a striking and provocative failure that attempted to challenge audiences.

October 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Antonioni got the worst reviews of his career for this, his first all-American work, yet a second look suggests that, despite muddled script and apocalyptic finale, the film has some artistic merits in the breathtaking visuals of Death Valley.

August 7, 2007 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

With this picture the director falls into two traps: employing endless 'anti-Establishment' cliches and saddling himself with the underwhelming talents of Mark Frechette.

August 29, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Having seen this and Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (the latter repeatedly) in the same week, it's hard not to see them as two sides of the same horny, hazy, and hirsute coin.

August 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Antonioni's worse film ever

August 22, 2003
Pasadena Weekly

You'll be hard pressed to make much sense out of any of the goings-on.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4 | Comment (1)
Film4

Set in the Los Angeles of the late 1960s, this is Antonioni's only foray into American territory.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Zabriskie Point

Wow, I don't remember this movie at all, I need to watch it again sometime.
December 20, 2010
ajv2688

Super Reviewer

[font=Century Gothic]In "Zabriskie Point", Mark(Mark Frachete) is a campus radical involved in a college strike. He and his pals have had enough with meetings and decide armed resistance is the way to go. During one confrontation with the police, a policeman is killed. Mark flees by stealing an airplane and flies towards the desert. Meanwhile, Daria(Daria Halprin) is driving out to Phoenix via a meditation center she hopes to find...[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Zabriskie Point" is a very dated movie about violence in America. The acting is amateurish with the exceptions of Rod Taylor and G.D. Spradlin. Michelangelo Antonioni sure seemed to enjoy photographing billboards. There are a couple of nice sequences, though.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]What is wrong with nonviolent resistance by the way? Granted, I did not like meetings in my college days and I still do not(The subject matter having changed from socialism to capitalism.) but in any kind of movement, you still need some sort of ideology and idea as to what you hope to achieve. [/font]
January 17, 2014
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Walter M.

Super Reviewer

Not one of Antonioni's best, that's for sure. But the final sequence with the explosions is BRILLIANT!
January 27, 2011
George Matalliotakis

Super Reviewer

Michelangelo Antonioni's approach to this film is challenging but deliberate, and anyone willing to embrace its strangeness will find something to admire in his vision. Poetic in execution and visually inventive, it is a picture of undeniably high production value with thought-provoking aftereffects. I found it to be mesmerizing, but its borderline surrealism and narrative rule-breaking will be off-putting for a lot of people. This is a film I will revisit.
August 18, 2009
michaelcorleone

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