Drugstore Cowboy
Drugstore Cowboy (1989)

The operative word in Drugstore Cowboy is "drug". Matt Dillon plays the leader of a group of dopeheads who wander around the country robbing pharmacies to feed their habits. Dillon's chums include doltish James Le Gros and… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 1, 1989
DVD Release Date: October 19, 1999
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

All the actors are used expertly, but it's Burroughs, cropping up near the end, who articulates the film's sociopolitical moral in a contemporary context.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

The film takes us so deeply into this shabby, transient world that we feel its texture -- both its scary thrills and its bleak, fatalistic uncertainty.


A frazzled, dangerous and dark comedy-drama.

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Variety Staff

No previous drug-themed film has the honesty or originality of Gus Van Sant's drama Drugstore Cowboy.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The movie stars Matt Dillon, in one of the great recent American movie performances.

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Empire Magazine

One of those cult classics well worth investigating even if you have never so much as smoked a cigarette in your life.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Though hardly earth-shakingly original, Van Sant's low-budget movie takes a cool, contemplative and sometimes comic look at American drug-culture.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

The performers make their affectlessness expressive.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Forthright junkie film.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
Matt Dillon delivers an excellent performance (one of his best) in a film that can be equally sad and funny (even funnier than one would imagine), surprising us… More
Melvin White
Bob: Most people don't know how they're gonna feel from one moment to the next. But a dope fiend has a pretty good idea. All you gotta do is look at… More
Chris Weber
Based on a novel, this is a story, set in the Pacific Northwest in the early 1970s about a group of drug addicts who rob pharmacies in order to get their fix… More
Graham Jones
Matt Dillon's finest hour and the film that put Van Sant on the map, this is a shockingly real depiction of drug addiction.
Dan Schultz
A well-done, gritty drama about addicts led by a charismatic young man (Matt Dillon) who rob drug stores along the West coast in order to clinch their drive to… More
Conner Rainwater
One of my favorite movies from Gus Van Sant. This is a lot different from his other work, yet still holds a lot of the same style. The 70s backdrop worked… More