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
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...)