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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

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"Fonda and Hopper, it should by this time go without saying, give immense performances."
‑ Charles Champlin, Los Angeles Times
"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."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Iconic 1969 road trip movie with violence, drugs, sex."
‑ Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
"This is a glorious widescreen vision of a hot and bothered America, at once beautiful and lost. Yes, it has dated, but its pessimistic last gasp ("We blew it...") still carries a prescient sting."
‑ Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine
"like all great films, with a finger firm on the pulse of the entire spirit of the age, it predicted in terms brutal and eloquent the end of the whole fucking thing."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"A film important to and influential in the flower-power late '60s, Easy Rider now seems like a narcissistic hodgepodge of travelogue and passion play."
‑ Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
"[A] simplistic amalgam of travelogue and the zoom lens."
‑ , Time Out
"Though deserving of its esteemed status on account of the cinematic revolution it spawned, the feature itself is something of a relic. But since when isn't it fascinating to reflect on the fossils of the past?"
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"Wyatt and Billy are more rigidly conformist, their life more narrowly obsessive than that of any broker's clerk on the nine to five."
‑ Robert Hatch, The Nation
"Despite it all, it's a valuable document of hepcat actors taking snapshots of America circa 1969"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"None of the forced violence, lawlessness, rapist, gratuitous speed aspects of the motorbike clan in this perceptive film."
‑ Gene Moskowitz, Variety
"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."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Age hasn't been kind to it but Easy Rider is still a trip."
‑ , Film4
"unlike earlier films that exploited the sensational nature of their subject matter and did little else, Easy Rider borrowed its attitude and aesthetics from the various European new waves and sought to be about something."
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"More than anything else, the thing that gives Easy Rider its legendary status is that it's an indie film that became the spokesperson for a decade when Hollywood was preoccupied with other concerns."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
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