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Scarecrow (1973) Synopsis
Two drifters (Gene Hackman, Al Pacino) visit women, dream of car wash.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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40

Variety

Scarecrow is a periodically interesting but ultimately unsatisfying character study of two modern drifters.
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