Avenue Pictures Productions | Release Date: October 6, 1989 CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION
82
METASCORE
Universal acclaim based on 15 Critics
Positive:
14
Mixed:
1
Negative:
0
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Drugstore Cowboy, an electrifying movie without one misstep or one conventional moment. [11 Oct 1989]
88
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]
88
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]
70
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]
63
A daring movie in today's current climate - one likely to be remembered at year's end. [18 Oct 1989]