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Two-Lane Blacktop Reviews

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Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
April 28, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
Joshua Tanzer
April 30, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
Glenn Dunks
September 15, 2013
[It] remains a vital piece of filmmaking
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
February 7, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
Some of the racing and road scenes, and the visual texture of the movie, make it worth seeing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
June 15, 2005
An excellent piece of introspective 1970s Americana.
| Original Score: 4/4
Anton Bitel
Little White Lies
January 20, 2012
even if the Driver and co. are just passin' through, they encapsulate a whole generation lost in the rootless, directionless '70s, scorching the viewer's retina with their quest for nothing.
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
June 19, 2011
Captures an aura of existential despondence that's married to a far less evocative (and durable) strain of counterculture romantic doom.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Philippa Hawker
The Age (Australia)
August 25, 2007
Oates gives a compelling performance and musicians Taylor and Wilson supply the right degree of drifter cool.
Cole Smithey
February 23, 2013
"Two-Lane Blacktop" prompts a dialogue of uncertain expectation with its audience.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Top Critic
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
December 13, 2007
This exciting existentialist road movie by Monte Hellman, with a swell script by Rudolph Wurlitzer and Will Corry and my favorite Warren Oates performance, looks even better now than it did in 1971.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 1, 2000
There's no mistaking that it's not only a classic cult movie, but an American masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Tom Milne
Time Out
June 24, 2006
It's absolutely riveting.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
August 1, 2010
Much more about the journey and the thrill of being a racer as it is about races...
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Variety Staff
December 13, 2007
The strange and sometimes pathetic world of barnstorming, hustling street-racing is explored with feeling by director-editor Monte Hellman.
Christopher Null
March 6, 2003
The ending is an infamous classic 'what the!?' moment in film history.
| Original Score: 4/5
Eric Melin
January 25, 2013
... a quiet, existential masterpiece that has turned into a bonafide cult classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
May 3, 2001
An richer, more satisfying riff on 1969s counter-cultural elegy Easy Rider that suffers from the self-conscious performances by musicians James Taylor and Dennis Wilson...
| Original Score: 77/100
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 6, 2005
The ultimate existential road movie.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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