Easy Rider
Easy Rider (1969)

After scoring cocaine in Mexico, then re-selling it in California, two bikers set off on a cross-country trek to New Orleans.

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1969
DVD Release Date: December 7, 1999
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Edgy and seminal, Easy Rider encapsulates the dreams, hopes, and hopelessness of 1960s counterculture.

Charles Champlin
Los Angeles Times

Fonda and Hopper, it should by this time go without saying, give immense performances.

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Time Out

[A] simplistic amalgam of travelogue and the zoom lens.

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Ellen Willis
The New York Review of Books

Beyond the melodrama of groovy kids vs. rednecks is an emotion that more and more of us, young and old alike, are experiencing, the overpowering sense of loss, the anguish of What went wrong? We blew it -- how?

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Gene Moskowitz

None of the forced violence, lawlessness, rapist, gratuitous speed aspects of the motorbike clan in this perceptive film.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Hopper, Fonda and their friends went out into America looking for a movie and found instead a small, pious statement (upper case) about our society (upper case), which is sick (upper case). It's pretty but lower case cinema.

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Witney Seibold

"Easy Rider," even for those uninterested in the legacy of 1960s counterculture, punches the viewer in the gut with its hopelessness and emptiness.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The film may be a relic now, but it is a fascinating souvenir -- particularly in its narcissism and fatalism -- of how the hippie movement thought of itself.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It plays today more as a period piece than as living cinema, but it captures so surely the tone and look of that moment in time.

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Christopher Machell

Easy Rider, is not only emblematic of independent American cinema, but, released in 1969, is the definitive statement on the death of the 60s.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Melvin White
Captain America: No, I mean it, you've got a nice place. It's not every man that can live off the land, you know. You do your own thing in your own… More
Kevin M. Williams
Perfectly vibing the disenchantment of the post-Vietnam, post-civil rights, post-summer of love America (the new noir, with a touch of cowboy thrown in for… More
Spencer S.
The story of two rogue men, choppers on the open road with cocaine in their gas tanks, struck a chord with America in the waning sixties, when turmoil from war,… More
Jack Hawkins
'Easy Rider' is unquestionably important, it's a seminal film. It was a large contributing factor to the birth of an era of burgeoning talent and… More
Chris Weber
So much has already been said and written about this film to it's pretty hard to add anything new without inevitably rehashing cliches. Yes, it is a… More
Dan Schultz
A respectable, if over-rated film concerning drug dealing bikers who set off to make a big pay day in Mexico, and how their mission results in them traveling… More