The Sugarland Express
The Sugarland Express (1974)

Based on an actual incident, Steven Spielberg's first theatrical feature follows the adventures of a Texas outlaw couple striving to keep their family together by any means necessary. Determined not to lose her child to the authorities,… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: August 17, 2004
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Its plot may ape the countercultural road movies of its era, but Steven Spielberg's feature debut displays many of the crowd-pleasing elements he'd refine in subsequent films.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Fernando F. Croce

Steven Spielberg in Malickland, with dolly and zoom and a wagonload of familial issues

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Dan Fienberg

One of the most purely fun and slyly political films Spielberg has ever made. One of Hawn's best performances.

Nora Sayre
New York Times

The movie has a casual craziness that seems especially native.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Modest but assured work.

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MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

[W]ould be mostly forgotten melodrama if it hadn't been directed by a kid named Steven Spielberg...

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Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

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.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

There's no question that this is a director with a God-given talent.

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Flixster Audience Score: 66% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
While not his first film ever, this was the feature length theatrical debut of a nice guy named Steven Spielberg. Based on actual events, this film tells the… More
Dean McKenna
I was surprised to find out this Steven Spielberg adventure-crime-drama film is based on a true story the couple plan to kidnap their own child, who was placed… More
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"Every cop in the state was after her. Everybody else was behind her."</i> Lou-Jean, a blonde woman, tells her husband, who is… More
Jon Lantz
I?m not sure what is was about this film, maybe the time frame or the lower budget film tactics, but there was something incredibly attractive about this film.… More
James Alvarez
This movie should not have the word Express in it.
Luke Eberhard
This is an Underated classic as Steven's first "Theatrical" feature. Its an interesting story about how criminals can become folk heroes. Its… More