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August 20, 2010
A frazzled, dangerous and dark comedy-drama.

Empire Magazine
August 20, 2010
One of those cult classics well worth investigating even if you have never so much as smoked a cigarette in your life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
August 20, 2010
All the actors are used expertly, but it's Burroughs, cropping up near the end, who articulates the film's sociopolitical moral in a contemporary context.
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Variety Staff
July 6, 2010
No previous drug-themed film has the honesty or originality of Gus Van Sant's drama Drugstore Cowboy.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 3, 2010
Forthright junkie film.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Emanuel Levy
June 20, 2006
Lyrically shot, this chronicle of a bunch of bumbling petty-criminals who steal pharmaceuticals is a tad too straightforward by Van Sant's standards, but the dialogue is funnt, the mood nonchalant, and Matt Dillon is terrific in the lead.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Though hardly earth-shakingly original, Van Sant's low-budget movie takes a cool, contemplative and sometimes comic look at American drug-culture.

TV Guide
July 30, 2003
A darkly funny, stylish, and realistic look at the world of drug addiction in 1971.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 20, 2003
The film takes us so deeply into this shabby, transient world that we feel its texture -- both its scary thrills and its bleak, fatalistic uncertainty.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
Certainly one of the best drug movies ever made.
Blake Davis
KFOR Channel 4 News
February 26, 2003
One of the best movies ever made about characters who live on the fringes of society. Gus Van Sant establishes himself as a major talent with this one.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The movie stars Matt Dillon, in one of the great recent American movie performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The performers make their affectlessness expressive.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Ultimately it's Dillon who has the biggest score; he makes this stark trip a heady, hopeful one.
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
It's refreshing in it use of reality, rather than sermonizing, to make its point.
Read More | Original Score: 81/100
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
January 1, 2000
communicates its anti-drug message with a sense of humor and humanity
Full Review | Original Score: B
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
There's a lot of humor here, some of it quite black, as the story unfolds in a stark, matter-of-fact style. And it is the many little realistic touches here and there that make the film ring true.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Cole Smithey
April 6, 2006
| Original Score: 4/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
November 18, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
January 21, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
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