Zabriskie Point
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Antonioni has sought to bring into the focus of his own insights, the student vs establishment conflict. He is on foreign terrain."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Antonioni has no feeling for young people...He has tried to make a serious movie and hasn't even achieved a beach-party level of insight."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Antonioni's first U.S. film is flawed, but it's worth watching."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Almost 40 years later, Zabriskie Point exists to teach us more exact and sensitive perceptions about a cultural moment that its original audience was too close to appropriately observe."
‑ Armond White, New York Press
"Antonioni got the worst reviews of his career for this, his first all-American work, yet a second look suggests that, despite muddled script and apocalyptic finale, the film has some artistic merits in the breathtaking visuals of Death Valley."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Antonioni's sorrowing, stranger's-eye view of modern America is sadly flawed by the way his 'story' s bogged down in the mood of student revolt dogging the nation in the late '60s."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"[Antonioni's] beautiful handling of 'Scope compositions and moods has many lingering aftereffects, and the grand and beautiful apocalyptic finale is downright spectacular."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"...can't be regarded as any sort of success. It's a self-indulgent movie, filled with half-baked ideas and radical sloganeering."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"If you just sit back and let the film ride out as an experience, you're bound to enjoy the journey"
‑ Keith Breese,
"With this picture the director falls into two traps: employing endless 'anti-Establishment' cliches and saddling himself with the underwhelming talents of Mark Frechette."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Because of the fundamental emptiness of his American vision, all sorts of flaws that one might overlook in better Antonioni films become apparent."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"As a fan of Antonioni's other works, I'd have to say that, of the ones I've seen, Zabriskie Point ranks near the bottom."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"You will not see a better distillation of the entire 1960s and everything it stood for - good, bad, indifferent, insightful - than this uncompromising artistic overview."
‑ Bill Gibron, PopMatters
"If the film is a failure, then at least it is a striking and provocative failure that attempted to challenge audiences."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"Having seen this and Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (the latter repeatedly) in the same week, it's hard not to see them as two sides of the same horny, hazy, and hirsute coin."
‑ Leo Goldsmith, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
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