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The Sugarland Express Reviews

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June 24, 2016
The pace falters near the end, but overall this is a brilliantly calculated audience pleaser.
June 24, 2016
With this role, Hawn further proves she was an actress of some talent and not just an attractive woman to be taken lightly.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 24, 2016
The set pieces are beautifully handled, grizzled veteran Ben Johnson is watchable as the head cop on their tail, and, looking back, it's clear that Spielberg already held all the aces and knew how to deal them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 16, 2015
A tragi-comedy in which our modern beasts of burden ultimately exact revenge with horrific panache.
September 6, 2010
The Sugarland Express is not terribly original - Bonnie and Clyde, Badlands and The Getaway are indelibly marked in its DNA - but shows an already dazzling young filmmaker honing his skills and vision.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 25, 2009
Steven Spielberg in Malickland, with dolly and zoom and a wagonload of familial issues
June 12, 2009
Modest but assured work.
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 20, 2009
Unfortunately, the film degenerates in final reels to heavy-handed social polemic and sound-and-fury shootout.
December 1, 2006
Reflecting the zeitgeist of mid-1970s America, this early Spieleberg picture is still one of his strongest, dealing with alienation, anarchy, and lack of control; Goldie Hawn gives an uncharacteristicaly forceful dramatic performance.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
February 9, 2006
A beautifully put together, assured film.
December 22, 2005
One of the most purely fun and slyly political films Spielberg has ever made. One of Hawn's best performances.
| Original Score: 4/5
October 29, 2004
[W]ould be mostly forgotten melodrama if it hadn't been directed by a kid named Steven Spielberg...
October 23, 2004
If the movie finally doesn't succeed, that's because Spielberg has paid too much attention to all those police cars (and all the crashes they get into), and not enough to the personalities of his characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 30, 2004
There's no question that this is a director with a God-given talent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 19, 2004
Features real attention to the sort of character dynamics that would serve subsequent [Spielberg] titles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 18, 2004
a fine example of the fugitives-on-the-run genre, holding its own alongside Thelma and Louise, Bandits, The Defiant Ones, and to a lesser extent Badlands and Bonnie and Clyde
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 13, 2003
Masterful command of atmosphere and tone, great, understated performances.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
May 24, 2003
Spielberg lets the story unfold at its own pace, invests the dialogue with pleasing zip, and demonstrates a level of visual ingenuity that becomes the film's great strength.
May 21, 2003
The movie has a casual craziness that seems especially native.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 10, 2003
With this first theatrical feature, Steven Spielberg proved he had the right stuff to become America's purest and most accomplished film entertainer.
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