Midnight Cowboy
Midnight Cowboy (1969)

A con man and a Texas hustler try to survive on the tough streets of New York.

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 25, 1969
DVD Release Date: January 1, 2000
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: John Schlesinger's gritty, unrelentingly bleak look at the seedy underbelly of urban American life is undeniably disturbing, but Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight's performances make it difficult to turn away.

Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

Some of the attitudes in Midnight Cowboy -- especially toward women -- don't wear the years well, but the performances by Hoffman and Jon Voight remain electric.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

Midnight Cowboy moves beyond realism into an archetypal tale of the Big City destroying dreamers. Joe and Ratso, like Of Mice and Men's George and Lenny, are quintessential failed, lower-class, buddy-dreamers.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media

Classic Oscar winner has explicit material, mature themes.

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Wanda Hale
New York Daily News

Even with every foot of grim realism and some humor, Midnight Cowboy is rather a sad picture.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

I cannot recall a more marvelous pair of acting performances in any one film.

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Derek Malcolm

We can identify with them without false sentimentality and it is impossible not to do so.

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TIME Magazine

No amount of obfuscation can obscure the film's vaulting performances.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

Midnight Cowboy's peep-show vision of Manhattan lowlife may no longer be shocking, but what is shocking, in 1994, is to see a major studio film linger this lovingly on characters who have nothing to offer the audience but their own lost souls.

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Alan Jones
Radio Times

[A] tawdry, strident yet deeply affecting tale.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Two losers at the very bottom rung of the American Dream have only their tenuous friendship to sustain them. Schlesinger as an Englishman and an outsider is not… More
Reid Volk
A fantastic movie that really solidified the excellence of Dustin Hoffman. Even if you don't care for the story, Hoffman's performance alone is worth… More
Steven Carrier
John Schlesinger's "Midnight Cowboy" is a relic from the 60s. An important film for exemplifying the collision between French and American New… More
Lanning : )
This won Best Picture and Best Director for John Schlesinger in 1969. Interestingly, Both Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight were nominated for Best Actor. Hey,… More
Spencer S.
With the historic implications, I believed this would be a film concerning sexual revolution in its purest form. Instead of romanticizing the role of… More
Thomas Johnston
A depressing movie filmed in a cutting edge style (for 1969) that shows even dreams with low expectations can have a high price.