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100

Slant Magazine

Scarecrow embraces sprawl of both the narrative and geographical variety with freewheeling abandon.
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100

The Guardian

By Peter Bradshaw
This is a jewel of American cinema.
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80

Total Film

By Tom Dawson
It’s strong on the details of itinerant life, and allows plotting to take a back seat to character.
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80

Time Out New York

By Keith Uhlich
Hollywood movies have rarely spoken such tough and tender truths.
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80

Time Out London

By Dave Calhoun
Scarecrow’ feels like an existential fairytale squarely rooted in the reality of America’s fraying backroads and small towns. It’s all a little rambling and anarchic, but later scenes in a jail have real bite. And when the sadness behind Lion’s smile is revealed, it’s also genuinely moving.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
it is a well-acted movie and for long stretches we're hoping it will work.
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70

Village Voice

By Alan Scherstuhl
A flawed, fascinating testament to a time of discovery in Hollywood: of how stories could be told onscreen, of what great actors might find within themselves, of just what in the hell this country had become in the late-'60s crackup.
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50

The New York Times

By Vincent Canby
It all goes decisively wrong when Jerry Schatzberg, the director, and Garry Michael White, who wrote the screenplay, decide to saddle the pair with a poetic vision that suddenly makes everything needlessly phony.
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40

Variety

Scarecrow is a periodically interesting but ultimately unsatisfying character study of two modern drifters.
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72 out of 100
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Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.