My Own Private Idaho Synopsis
A privileged man (Keanu Reeves) slums with a narcoleptic hustler (River Phoenix).
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Chicago Tribune

By Dave Kehr
Beautifully wrought, darkly funny and finally devastating, My Own Private Idaho almost single-handedly revives the notion of personal...
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90

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Before this trippy, mesmerizing movie swerves out of control, it delivers an exhilarating and challenging ride.
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88

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

My Own Private Idaho achieves more than most movies dream of attempting. The Shakespearian allusions aside, Van Sant has essentially remade...
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
There is no mechanical plot that has to grind to a Hollywood conclusion, and no contrived test for the heroes to pass; this is a movie...
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80

TV Guide

Van Sant casts a gently hypnotic spell that is not easily forgotten.
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78

Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
It's a daredevil's ride that keeps you glued with fascination.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

But Van Sant, whose vision is otherwise sharp, pushes the connection to Shakespeare's Henry IV too far, having Reeves at one point declaim...
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63

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Truth is, Idaho is nothing but set pieces; tossed into a mix whose meaning is almost certainly private. [27 Sept 1991]
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60

Empire

With a more accomplished script and an actor of rather more technical prowess than Reeves (nabbing the Prince Hal role), this may just have...
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50

Wall Street Journal

By Julie Salamon
This is all very strange and a little tedious. Yet there is something arresting and oddly poignant in Mr. Van Sant's playful vision of the...
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Rated R
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 16+ Delicate portrayal of street hustlers isn't meant for kids.
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DRINKING & DRUGS
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