Zabriskie Point Reviews

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Kate Muir
Times [UK]
October 23, 2014
Zabriskie Point is a both a thriller and a doped-out dream-capsule of the revolutionary hippy movement in California.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
October 23, 2014
A maligned masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
October 23, 2014
Antonioni's head trip of a film is very pleasurable.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
October 21, 2014
A visually sumptuous experience, it also typifies the very worst excesses of hippie-era filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 20, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
January 8, 2013
Antonioni's first U.S. film is flawed, but it's worth watching.
| Original Score: B-
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 4, 2009
...can't be regarded as any sort of success. It's a self-indulgent movie, filled with half-baked ideas and radical sloganeering.
Full Review | Original Score: 77/100
Bill Gibron
PopMatters
July 2, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Armond White
New York Press
May 27, 2009
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.
Keith Breese
Filmcritic.com
May 25, 2009
If you just sit back and let the film ride out as an experience, you're bound to enjoy the journey
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Phil Hall
Film Threat
October 19, 2007
If the film is a failure, then at least it is a striking and provocative failure that attempted to challenge audiences.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
August 7, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Variety Staff
Variety
July 31, 2007
Antonioni has sought to bring into the focus of his own insights, the student vs establishment conflict. He is on foreign terrain.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
August 29, 2006
With this picture the director falls into two traps: employing endless 'anti-Establishment' cliches and saddling himself with the underwhelming talents of Mark Frechette.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
August 7, 2006
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.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 9, 2005
Because of the fundamental emptiness of his American vision, all sorts of flaws that one might overlook in better Antonioni films become apparent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John Esther
Pasadena Weekly
August 22, 2003
Antonioni's worse film ever
| Original Score: 3/5

Film4
May 24, 2003
You'll be hard pressed to make much sense out of any of the goings-on.
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