Scarecrow (1973)

An ex-con learns the value of friendship in Jerry Schatzberg's picaresque road movie. Trying to hitch a ride on a desolate California road, fresh-out-of-prison Max (Gene Hackman) meets ex-sailor Lion (Al Pacino). They are both headed… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1973
DVD Release Date: July 12, 2005
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Keith Uhlich
Time Out

Hollywood movies have rarely spoken such tough and tender truths.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

I assume that Schatzberg and White wanted somehow to ennoble Max and Lionel, but they sentimentalize them.

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Philip French
Observer (UK)

The best film in Schatzberg's small but interesting oeuvre.

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Variety Staff

Periodically interesting but ultimately unsatisfying.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

There are fine moments, as there would have to be with Hackman and Pacino.

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Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)

A poignant tale of lost souls from a golden age of US cinema.

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Time Out

Schatzberg throws away the more interesting implications in order to make emotional hay.

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Budd Wilkins
Slant Magazine

Jerry Schatzberg's film embraces sprawl of both the narrative and geographical variety with freewheeling abandon.

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Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard

As a picture of blue-collar America the film is credible and compassionate.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Lucas Martins
Scarecrow, is a great road movie, it's very sentimental, but this don't changes the wonderful screenplay, written by Michael White, and the direction… More
Tim Sigur
I can't believe more people haven't seen this movie.
Carlos Magalh„es
Hackman and Pacino are terrific in this underrated road movie, an honest and refreshing character study about two different men who develop an unlikely bond -… More
Mike T.
A quiet, weird, loveable character piece with a great amount of resonance and spirit. The two leads are tremendous, and there is some absolutely beautiful… More
Arash Xak
"A crow isn't afraid of a scarecrow. It laughs." Liked this just as much as Midnight Cowboy
Stephen Earnest
'Scarecrow' is one damn strange film. Interesting, yes, but damn strange. It's the kind of film that I tend to instantly love, but I… More