Critic Consensus: If its dramatic dressings are a tad threadbare, Scarecrow survives on the strength of its lead performances and Vilmos Zsigmond's cinematography.
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Critic Reviews for Scarecrow
From the stunningly composed opening scene... "Scarecrow" emerges as a film that takes over where "Midnight Cowboy" and "Easy Rider" left off.
Gene Hackman and Al Pacino are wonderful, flexible, yeasty actors who make even the most trivial dialogue come alive, but their work in Scarecrow is too sophisticated for the film to support.
"Scarecrow," principally because of the Hackman-Pacino tandem performance, has a kind of soiled, slum-charm...
It isn't often a performance is really worth the price of admission, but if you can allow for Pacino, I think you'll find Hackman's work in "Scarecrow" to be that good.
Audience Reviews for Scarecrow
Gene Hackman and Al Pacino from their halcyon days as Hollywood royalty, easily chewing scenery between Cali and Pittsburgh as two drifters who form an alliance that slowly changes to friendship. In the spirit of the times it was made (ala Midnight Cowboy) the two are opposites and have lessons both to teach and to learn, neither which neither particularly want. Mesmerizing stuff. And look for Penelope Allen's brief contribution - Best Supporting Actor worthy nod.
Scarecrow, is a great road movie, it's very sentimental, but this don't changes the wonderful screenplay, written by Michael White, and the direction of Schatzberg. Hackman and Pacino, show a impressive dynamics due that surely go move who is watching. A surprising motion picture whose show that, the better way to satisfy you self this made the people happy and not fight with they. Scarecrow just like Easy Rider and Midnight Cowboy, are road/buddy sentimental movies, sometimes very similar, but still a good film. Fresh.
Hackman and Pacino are terrific in this underrated road movie, an honest and refreshing character study about two different men who develop an unlikely bond - and the effect it causes on each of them. A great drama that can be funny and also surprisingly touching.
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