Midnight Cowboy Reviews

September 16, 2019
John Schlesinger's confident direction brings out a side of New York City that had been largely ignored by cinema since the films noirs of the Forties.
September 13, 2019
A marvel.
September 12, 2019
Schlesinger's camera discovers everywhere something rarely glimpsed in Hollywood movies - poverty.
September 11, 2019
For a street opera with incongruous inspirations and mix-and-match aspirations, Midnight Cowboy is startlingly accomplished.
August 28, 2019
More than the grime and the weirdos, more than "Everybody's Talkin'" and "I'm walkin' here!," what echoes through the decades is its poignant depiction of an unlikely, contentious, and yet weirdly tender friendship forged on the margins of society.
August 14, 2019
Midnight Cowboy features two of cinema's most indelible losers.
February 21, 2019
John Schlesinger presents a particularly un-pretty picture of the New York underworld as Voight's American dream shatters into a thousand psychedelic pieces.
August 6, 2018
Along the same lines, don't tell me about how superbly a film provokes the bourgeoisie or portrays the bleakness of life unless it does so at least as effectively as Midnight Cowboy.
July 14, 2018
A pair of performances of the highest calibre: funny, sensitive and finely adjusted to indicate the abject simple- mindedness that is their constant tripwire.
February 22, 2016
Some of the attitudes in Midnight Cowboy -- especially toward women -- don't wear the years well, but the performances by Hoffman and Jon Voight remain electric.
February 23, 2015
Even with every foot of grim realism and some humor, Midnight Cowboy is rather a sad picture.
February 23, 2015
No amount of obfuscation can obscure the film's vaulting performances.
September 2, 2014
Midnight Cowboy moves beyond realism into an archetypal tale of the Big City destroying dreamers. Joe and Ratso, like Of Mice and Men's George and Lenny, are quintessential failed, lower-class, buddy-dreamers.
July 1, 2014
Classic Oscar winner has explicit material, mature themes.
January 13, 2014
We can identify with them without false sentimentality and it is impossible not to do so.
January 13, 2014
[A] tawdry, strident yet deeply affecting tale.
February 12, 2013
Strip away everything else and it's the performances that make Midnight Cowboy what it is.
February 12, 2013
The attempt to wring tender laughter from such a topic strikes me as being itself a kind of commercialized vice.
January 18, 2013
I cannot recall a more marvelous pair of acting performances in any one film.
December 9, 2011
"Midnight Cowboy" is an exquisite time capsule. The film is filled with dark social and political commentary. Only through his problematic friendship with Ratzo can Buck reclaim his humanity.