Two-Lane Blacktop
Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)

The surface story is a quixotic cross country road race between dapper sociopath playboy Warren Oates driving a showroom GTO and ultra-laconic proto-grunge hippie gearheads James Taylor and Dennis Wilson behind the wheel of their primer… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: July 7, 1971
DVD Release Date: October 19, 1999
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
David Thomson
The New Republic

It came nowhere close to the numbers on Easy Rider, but it is so much more worthwhile as a film. Indeed, I'm going to push my luck and say there has never been a better film about sweaters.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

This exciting existentialist road movie by Monte Hellman, with a swell script by Rudolph Wurlitzer and Will Corry and my favorite Warren Oates performance, looks even better now than it did in 1971.

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Glenn Dunks

[It] remains a vital piece of filmmaking

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

Two-Lane Blacktop is a movie of achingly eloquent landscapes and absurdly inert characters.

Tom Milne
Time Out

It's absolutely riveting.

Richard Luck

The ultimate road movie and one of the great American movies of the 1970s.

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Variety Staff

The strange and sometimes pathetic world of barnstorming, hustling street-racing is explored with feeling by director-editor Monte Hellman.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

A remarkably engaging movie, mostly in spite of, rather than because of, its metaphorical aspirations.

Total Film

As a study in obsession and emotional dislocation Two-Lane Blacktop is in a class of its own.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Mister Caple
The year 1971 was a phenomenon for minimalist,existential road movies because,released just months apart were "Vanishing Point" with Barry Newman that… More
Ken Stachnik
One groovy flick.
Chris Weber
1971 was quite a year for minimalist, existential road movies, because, released just months apart were Vanishing Point, and this little gem, Two-Lame Blacktop.… More
Stella Dallas
i love this movie!!! this is better than easy rider, if i may say so
Reid Volk
Hellman's 1971 road picture is a genuine slice of Americana. It takes place in the general malaise of the early 70's, as the idealism of the late… More
El Hombre Invisible
Not everyone will embrace it, but for me it's the best road film ever made. Some are going to find this film very dull and wonder what there is to admire… More