Five Easy Pieces
Five Easy Pieces (1970)

A disaffected man seeks a sense of identity in one of the key films of Hollywood's 1970s New Wave. Once a promising pianist from a family of classical musicians, Bobby Eroica Dupea (Jack Nicholson, in his first major starring role)… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 28, 2001
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: An important touchstone of the New Hollywood era, Five Easy Pieces is a haunting portrait of alienation that features one of Jack Nicholson's greatest performances.

Michael Sragow
New Yorker

The flaws of this acutely self-conscious 1970 road picture grow more obvious with every passing year, but so does its passion and eloquence.

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York

Five Easy Pieces, a brilliant gem of American psychological realism (where are these movies today?), is Nicholson's arrival to the A-list.

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Peter Bradshaw
Guardian

This superbly composed film comes as close to perfection as it gets.

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David Denby
New Yorker

The movie has more anger than it knows what to do with; that's its fascination and its weakness, too.

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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice

It's a great work of the Discover America Seventies.

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Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

A key turn-of-the-decade film, with Nicholson railing against waitresses and barking at noisy dogs as Rafelson observes seedily picturesque roadside America.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

Nicholson makes it all go. He proves he is more than a "character actor" with many scenes, especially the confrontation with his father.

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Variety Staff
Variety

The film's nervewracking quality is consistent with its content. Nicholson's performance is a remarkably varied and daring exploration of a complex character, equally convincing in its manic and sober aspects.

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Adrian Turner
Radio Times

The film, superbly directed by Rafelson, shifts the late 1960s hippy drop-out genre into the Ingmar Bergman class: it's cerebral, yes, but also moving and witty.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
A sorrowful tale about the implications of being a runaway from life, Jack Nicholson gives a stellar performance as Robert, a former piano prodigy. Robert is a… More
Michael Gildea
Jack Nicholson's performance in Five Easy Pieces is incendiary, plain and simple. It's not a particularly exciting or even a feel good movie but its… More
Graham Jones
Love the Tammy Wynette/Classical music soundtrack. Especially love the scene where Elton's wife is glued to the small staticy tv screen watching Frank… More
Conner Rainwater
Probably one of the greatest examinations of American life. Not only is it a flawlessly done Road Movie, it is also far more deep and multi-facetted than that.… More
Reid Volk
A great road movie about a man who is on a, wait for it, existential journey. This film not only spoke to a generation of filmgoers bewildered by end of the… More
Jim Hunter
There's a lot to like about this film. Nicholson is very good, providing subtle nuances to the morally ambiguous Bobby. This is remarkably well-drawn… More