Midnight Cowboy

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Time Out says

Outrageously overrated at the cynical end of the Swinging Sixties, when the seedy New York milieu in which the pathetic buddy-buddy story takes place was thought to be truthfully depicted. Instead, as Voight's likeably dumb Texan hick hustler teams up with limping guttersnipe Hoffman in an effort to make enough money from the wealthy women of New York to fulfil dreams of living in sunny Florida, the film indulges in bland satire, fashionable flashiness, and a sodden sentimentality that never admits either to its homosexual elements or to the basic misogyny of its stance. Add to that a glamorisation of poverty and an ending that makes Love Story seem restrained, and you have a fairly characteristic example of Schlesinger's shallow talent. (From a novel by James Leo Herlihy.
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1969

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113 mins

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Christian

Wow. Did an actual professional reviewer come out with this misguided invective or was it lifted off a social networking site? What a bizarre, bilious assault on a multi-Oscar-winning movie, that features in the BFI list of greatest ever films, and to this day maintains an 89% positive rating on Rottentomatoes.com. If it was "Outrageously overrated at the cynical end of the Swinging Sixties", well, it continues to be "overrated" today. The more I think about this, and the usage of the phrase "pathetic buddy-buddy story" pretty much seals it, I realise Timeout has got the editor's nephew a summer job here. Shame on you Time Out.

Christian

Wow. Did an actual professional reviewer come out with this misguided invective or was it lifted off a social networking site? What a bizarre, bilious assault on a multi-Oscar-winning movie, that features in the BFI list of greatest ever films, and to this day maintains an 89% positive rating on Rottentomatoes.com. If it was "Outrageously overrated at the cynical end of the Swinging Sixties", well, it continues to be "overrated" today. The more I think about this, and the usage of the phrase "pathetic buddy-buddy story" pretty much seals it, I realise Timeout has got the editor's nephew a summer job here. Shame on you Time Out.

Elk Haven

I think the reviewer doth protest too much. Having lived in and around New York since 1976, I can say that I've met up with these characters many times, and in this film, they ring true-to-life. I'm staggered by the reviewer's lack of the basic understanding of -- and empathy for -- people who walk past him in the street every day. Does he know what it is like to live in an SRO hotel? Has he ever spoken to the damaged souls who walk through Greenwich Village every night, looking for a trick and a fix? Surely not. Perhaps he is more familiar with the role of the art-narcissist with his inherited wealth and gaze firmly fixed in the mirror.

Elk Haven

I think the reviewer doth protest too much. Having lived in and around New York since 1976, I can say that I've met up with these characters many times, and in this film, they ring true-to-life. I'm staggered by the reviewer's lack of the basic understanding of -- and empathy for -- people who walk past him in the street every day. Does he know what it is like to live in an SRO hotel? Has he ever spoken to the damaged souls who walk through Greenwich Village every night, looking for a trick and a fix? Surely not. Perhaps he is more familiar with the role of the art-narcissist with his inherited wealth and gaze firmly fixed in the mirror.

luv the sixties

My favorite movie of all time. Not a feel-good movie to say the least but very moving. I thought the acting, music and directing were exceptional. The academy got it right with this one!

luv the sixties

My favorite movie of all time. Not a feel-good movie to say the least but very moving. I thought the acting, music and directing were exceptional. The academy got it right with this one!

Edward Como

Hey guys there's a bus leaving in 10 minutes....be UNDER it. I guess think The Dark Knight or Harry Putter is a solid movie. Remind me never to read anything you guys write...again...EVER!!! Ya' bunch a' Dopes!!!

Edward Como

Hey guys there's a bus leaving in 10 minutes....be UNDER it. I guess think The Dark Knight or Harry Putter is a solid movie. Remind me never to read anything you guys write...again...EVER!!! Ya' bunch a' Dopes!!!

yduric

I will be even harder than TimeOut towards this film: the fact that it was so praised and even oscarized is beyond my belief: first of all, the film is caricatural, exploiting the equation: big city=cruelty and road to perdition to such an extreme that it achieves quite the opposite: all the supposedly 'bad' characters that our 'poor little heroes' encounter are in fact far more likeable than them. Second, the suggestion that New York is responsible for their condition never rings true: I had quite the oppossite feeling, that they thought the world owed them everything and that this was an excuse for any kind of hatable behaviour. And with all this, are we supposed to feel sympathy for two characters who are as wretched morally as materially? It should be rememebered that Joe Buck even MURDERS the old man that invited him to his hotel room in order to get his money!!! (the excuse: he must put his buddy on a bus to Florida!!!) No, I do not buy it, this is only a display of cheap and self-indulgent miserabilism that no 'outcast' condition will ever justify.

yduric

I will be even harder than TimeOut towards this film: the fact that it was so praised and even oscarized is beyond my belief: first of all, the film is caricatural, exploiting the equation: big city=cruelty and road to perdition to such an extreme that it achieves quite the opposite: all the supposedly 'bad' characters that our 'poor little heroes' encounter are in fact far more likeable than them. Second, the suggestion that New York is responsible for their condition never rings true: I had quite the oppossite feeling, that they thought the world owed them everything and that this was an excuse for any kind of hatable behaviour. And with all this, are we supposed to feel sympathy for two characters who are as wretched morally as materially? It should be rememebered that Joe Buck even MURDERS the old man that invited him to his hotel room in order to get his money!!! (the excuse: he must put his buddy on a bus to Florida!!!) No, I do not buy it, this is only a display of cheap and self-indulgent miserabilism that no 'outcast' condition will ever justify.