Loved it. Performances so real and moving you fell like you know them. This could be it's failing but the one constant thing, Pacino and Hackman's relationship, becomes the film's meaning, where they are does not matter,it is all at the sake of their developing friendship, and illustrating the value of friendship is the films purpose. A masterpiece. 5/5
A great mid70s drama. Not to be missed. Hackman and Pacino are in top form. This film is more about the characters than the plot/story. You get engrossed quickly. Just a really solid film. A shame it did poorly at the box office, causing Hackman to focus largely on sure fire box office draws henceforth. 4.5 stars
Fantastic gem in a sea of greats from the 1970s New Hollywood era. Fine acting, layered story, and general uncertainty about what will happen next make this a road movie of excellent proportions. Cinematography by the legendary Vilmos Zsigmond adds more punch to the incredible story as do definitive performances by Al Pacino and Gene Hackman. One for the ages, don't skip this one if you love 70s cinema.
Max the misanthrope. Lion the philantrope. The one doesn't know the other and later each of them desperately needs the other. A film about friendship and dreams which must come true. Grerat script, great directing, great actors. Watch it.
The only other Schatzberg film I've seen is 'Panic in Needle Park.' They are both masterfully shot, powerfully performed, and have major pacing problems. In both films, I expected them to end multiple times. It leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Oh and Pacino is (was) a fucking genius.
I love 70s "new hollywood" movies and this one reminded me a lot of Midnight Cowboy, but it just didn't do it for me. It is like a sequel of events rather than a narrative and just too much of the happening is made without a good basis that could make it convincing (the start of their relationship, the sudden scarecrow like turn of Max or the gap between Lions condition in the end and the ending of the flick...)