Drugstore Cowboy Synopsis
An addict (Matt Dillon), his wife (Kelly Lynch) and another couple steal drugs in '71 Portland, Ore.
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100

TV Guide

Gus Van Sant's direction here is supremely confident, fusing witty camerawork, neat editing, and a jazz-oriented score to make Drugstore...
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Drugstore Cowboy is one of the best films in the long tradition of American outlaw road movies - a tradition that includes "Bonnie and...
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90

Los Angeles Times

By Sheila Benson
Drugstore Cowboy, an electrifying movie without one misstep or one conventional moment. [11 Oct 1989]
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89

Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
Certainly one of the best drug movies ever made.... Great performances make this dispassionate study a memorable experience.
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88

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
Drugstore Cowboy, Gus Van Sant's fresh, gutsy societal underbelly film, never wallows in picturesque down-and-outism, except at the end,...
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Dave Kehr
A study of junkie culture from the inside (not a fashionable point of view these days), Drugstore Cowboy is funny, depressive and strangely...
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70

Wall Street Journal

By Julie Salamon
Though the picture by no means endorses drugs, and paints the junkie life as almost intolerably dull as well as destructive, it is a...
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63

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Drugstore Cowboy improves. Not much, but in provocative ways.
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63

USA Today

By Mike Clark
A daring movie in today's current climate - one likely to be remembered at year's end. [18 Oct 1989]
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Stack
In spite of its downbeat subjects, Drugstore Cowboy becomes a satisfying drama of redemption. [27 Oct 1989]
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Rated R