Vanishing Point
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Richard Sarafian directed this minimalist chase film, starring Barry Newman as ex-marine, ex-race car driver and cop named Kowalski. He drives into Denver to deliver a car and pick up another vehicle to drive to San Francisco. To make the fifteen-hour drive to San Francisco bearable he pops a load of pep pills and drives off. Almost immediately, he is told to pull over by the police, but Kowalski refuses to stop. Ignoring the cops, a police chase ensues. Egging Kowalski on is a blind black disc jockey, Super Soul (Cleavon Little), who announces his comings and goings on his local radio show,… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The action is almost entirely made up of one man driving a car at maximum speed from Denver to, hopefully, San Francisco."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"A movie about which I can think of almost nothing good to say."
‑ Roger Greenspun, New York Times
"should be seen as a particularly charged variant of a now extinct genre: the artsy B-movie"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"The last quarter of Grindhouse was little more than a love note to this flick's towering excellence."
‑ Brett Register, Orlando Weekly
"A fairly entertaining chase flick, with a few artistic touches included to keep the thinking viewers happy."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"In a time when vacant retreads such as The Fast and the Furious are the problem, Vanishing Point is the answer."
‑ Peter Kenis, Rolling Stone
"Takes full advantage of the subject's existential and mythical undertones without being pretentious, and you certainly get a run for your money, along with a lot of rock music."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"A film all but overflowing with the revolting spirit of the oppressed. Bring the noise!"
‑ Rob Humanick, Projection Booth
"A fairly interesting, but somewhat muddled, road movie starring Newman as an ex-cop who now drives cars from Denver to San Francisco for a living."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A cult classic."
‑ Christopher Null,
"The woodenness of both direction and Newman's performance becomes increasingly apparent."
‑ , Time Out
"Merged the appeal of Bullitt with that of, say, Zabriskie cars and dusty existentialism. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Really nothing but a one hundred minute car chase across country, and I loved every minute of it..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"A beguiling, if silly pleasure."
‑ , Film4
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