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Based on 15 Reviews
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  • 63
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Drugstore Cowboy improves. Not much, but in provocative ways. show more

  • 50
    Peter Stack San Francisco Chronicle

    In spite of its downbeat subjects, Drugstore Cowboy becomes a satisfying drama of redemption. [27 Oct 1989] show more

  • 63
    Mike Clark USA Today

    A daring movie in today's current climate - one likely to be remembered at year's end. [18 Oct 1989] show more

  • 70
    Julie Salamon Wall Street Journal

    Though the picture by no means endorses drugs, and paints the junkie life as almost intolerably dull as well as destructive, it is a welcome relief from the mostly heavy-handed Hollywood pictures that tackle the subject. [05 Oct 1989] show more

  • 100
    TV Guide

    Gus Van Sant's direction here is supremely confident, fusing witty camerawork, neat editing, and a jazz-oriented score to make Drugstore Cowboy an exhilaratingly bumpy ride. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Drugstore Cowboy is one of the best films in the long tradition of American outlaw road movies - a tradition that includes "Bonnie and Clyde," "Easy Rider," "Midnight Cowboy" and "Badlands." show more

  • 88
    Dave Kehr Chicago Tribune

    A study of junkie culture from the inside (not a fashionable point of view these days), Drugstore Cowboy is funny, depressive and strangely noble, often all at once. [27 Oct 1989] show more

  • 88
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    Drugstore Cowboy, Gus Van Sant's fresh, gutsy societal underbelly film, never wallows in picturesque down-and-outism, except at the end, when Dillon's character, frightened by the death of a girl he didn't like much and spooked by his own paranoiac suspicion, checks into a seedy hotel while trying to go cold turkey and not yield to the influence of a junkie priest drolly played by William Burroughs. [27 Oct 1989] show more

  • 89
    Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle

    Certainly one of the best drug movies ever made.... Great performances make this dispassionate study a memorable experience. show more

  • 90
    Sheila Benson Los Angeles Times

    Drugstore Cowboy, an electrifying movie without one misstep or one conventional moment. [11 Oct 1989] show more

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