Harry and Tonto
Harry and Tonto (1974)

Harry is a seventy-plus Manhattan widower who loses his tiny apartment to the wrecking ball. Accompanied by his pet, an aged cat named Tonto, Harry sets out upon an odyssey to Los Angeles. Throughout the film, Harry makes disappointing… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 12, 1974
DVD Release Date: September 6, 2005
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

A pleasant film about an old man who rejuvenates himself on a cross-country trek.

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Nora Sayre
New York Times

The muted style robs the picture of the liberating point it's meant to make: that imaginative energy transcends the generations.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A seventy year old man from New York City travels across the country and discovers the joy, the confusion and the stoutness of the human adventure.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

Mazursky has escaped Fellini's shadow; when everyone's back from going to 'look for America', he might have something interesting to say.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

You may find much of this, despite the apparent sincerity, too cutesy and self-satisfied for its own good.

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Emanuel Levy

Paul Mazursky's sentimental, upbeat serio-comedy about a widower who takes to the road with his cat after being evicted form his home is lifted above the routine TV Movie of the Week by the solid turn of Art Carney, who won the Best Actor Oscar.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It's not easy to make comedies that work as drama, too. But Carney's acting is so perceptive that it helps this material succeed.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Affectionate but contrived odyssey folk tale.

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John A. Nesbit

Worth seeing for Carney's performance

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Lucas Martins
Paul Mazursky's best film ever! A beautiful story with a freshing screenplay, directing and the acting of Art Carney, Academy Award winner by is role in… More
John Ballantine
The pinnacle of Art Carney's later career. We have the story of man forced onto the street with only a beloved cat as companion. Naturally the humanity of… More
Randy Tippy
Mazursky has crafted a story populated with humanity and decency, and where the only true villain is father time. <i>Harry and Tonto</i> is sort… More
Alec Barniskis
The film is uneven but Art Carney's performance is very strong. It's probably the best character study of a man and his cat.
Byron Brubaker
Sweet movie. Funny at times and sad too. Amazing that Art Carney was able to portray this role because he was only known for his goofy character on the… More
Stephen Earnest
"Harry and Tonto" is a touching film about old age that would be incomplete without the heartwarming performance of Art Carney, who makes every scene… More