Easy Rider

1969

Easy Rider

Critics Consensus

Edgy and seminal, Easy Rider encapsulates the dreams, hopes, and hopelessness of 1960s counterculture.

88%

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Total Count: 48

82%

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User Ratings: 58,642
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After scoring cocaine in Mexico, then re-selling it in California, two bikers set off on a cross-country trek to New Orleans.

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Critic Reviews for Easy Rider

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (7)

  • Easy Rider is very likely the clearest and most disturbing presentation of the angry estrangement of American youth to be brought to the screen.

    Jul 15, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Fonda and Hopper, it should by this time go without saying, give immense performances.

    Mar 4, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • None of the forced violence, lawlessness, rapist, gratuitous speed aspects of the motorbike clan in this perceptive film.

    Jun 26, 2007 | Full Review…

    Gene Moskowitz

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • The film may be a relic now, but it is a fascinating souvenir -- particularly in its narcissism and fatalism -- of how the hippie movement thought of itself.

    Jun 26, 2007 | Full Review…
  • [A] simplistic amalgam of travelogue and the zoom lens.

    Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Hopper, Fonda and their friends went out into America looking for a movie and found instead a small, pious statement (upper case) about our society (upper case), which is sick (upper case). It's pretty but lower case cinema.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for Easy Rider

  • Mar 20, 2017
    This movie honestly sucks. I can't figure out why people enjoyed it so much. It's a mess.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • May 19, 2013
    Ah, the death of the American Dream, summarized in one final shot. "Easy Rider" is one of those films that's basically a required viewing for almost everyone because of the effect that it had on independent cinema and the world in general, but in all honesty, it isn't very good. Besides an influential soundtrack, its relevant thematic content and Jack Nicholson's memorable performance, "Easy Rider" is easily forgettable. Not much happens in its hour-and-a-half running time, and Dennis Hopper's representation of the hippie movement is narcissistic to say the least. Most of the problems in "Easy Rider" stem from the fact that it's dated, which is almost unfixable, so there's much to do except appreciate it for what it is and move on.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Feb 15, 2013
    Captain America: No, I mean it, you've got a nice place. It's not every man that can live off the land, you know. You do your own thing in your own time. You should be proud. "A man went looking for America. And couldn't find it anywhere..." Easy Rider is the quintessential hippy movie. It does the best job of any film I've ever seen at summing up the hippy state of mind and the hippy experience. The acid trip scene in this film is the best tripping scene ever filmed in my opinion. It's actually the only time I've seen a movie that gets the acid trip right. Two biker hippies make a big cocaine sale and then leave L.A. for a cross country road trip to New Orleans for Mardi Gras and then to their retirement in Florida. Along the way they pick up a couple of interesting characters, spend a little time in jail, smoke marijuana, and deal with the anti-long haired hippy stereotypes of the south. The cast is pretty good here with Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and an excellent performance from Jack Nicholson. This is as anti-establishment as movies come and Dennis Hopper's direction is great. This is certainly a movie for those who have a similar view on life as that of the hippie generation. The fact that I'm a modern day hippy(if I get enough sticky) makes this film all the more enjoyable and also all the more infuriating. Terrific movie.
    Melvin W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 20, 2012
    Perfectly vibing the disenchantment of the post-Vietnam, post-civil rights, post-summer of love America (the new noir, with a touch of cowboy thrown in for flavor), Hopper and Fonda ARE the guys your parents warned you about (or said you were gonna be), looking for the big score to-get-away-from-it-all at last. What they find instead is one spaced out country,man, and a bit of film history. The LSD trip segment alone is worth the entire film, and that's only one part of it. They nail it.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer

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