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  • 90
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Before this trippy, mesmerizing movie swerves out of control, it delivers an exhilarating and challenging ride. show more

  • 63
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Truth is, Idaho is nothing but set pieces; tossed into a mix whose meaning is almost certainly private. [27 Sept 1991] show more

  • 50
    Julie Salamon Wall Street Journal

    This is all very strange and a little tedious. Yet there is something arresting and oddly poignant in Mr. Van Sant's playful vision of the road to nowhere. [3 Oct 1991, p.A14(E)] show more

  • 100
    Dave Kehr Chicago Tribune

    Beautifully wrought, darkly funny and finally devastating, My Own Private Idaho almost single-handedly revives the notion of personal filmmaking in the United States. [18 Oct 1991] show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    There is no mechanical plot that has to grind to a Hollywood conclusion, and no contrived test for the heroes to pass; this is a movie about two particular young men, and how they pass their lives. show more

  • 88
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    My Own Private Idaho achieves more than most movies dream of attempting. The Shakespearian allusions aside, Van Sant has essentially remade "Of Mice and Men" for the nineties, with Mike as the "mouse," Scott as the "man." It is the mouse who roars. show more

  • 80
    TV Guide

    Van Sant casts a gently hypnotic spell that is not easily forgotten. show more

  • 60
    Empire

    With a more accomplished script and an actor of rather more technical prowess than Reeves (nabbing the Prince Hal role), this may just have worked. Here, it is just squirmingly embarrassing stuff. show more

  • 78
    Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle

    It's a daredevil's ride that keeps you glued with fascination. show more

  • 75
    Entertainment Weekly

    But Van Sant, whose vision is otherwise sharp, pushes the connection to Shakespeare's Henry IV too far, having Reeves at one point declaim in rhyming couplets, which severely tests even the most forgiving viewer. show more

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