Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Budd Wilkins
    May 20, 2013
    100
    Scarecrow embraces sprawl of both the narrative and geographical variety with freewheeling abandon.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    May 20, 2013
    100
    This is a jewel of American cinema.
  3. Reviewed by: Dave Calhoun
    May 20, 2013
    80
    Scarecrow’ feels like an existential fairytale squarely rooted in the reality of America’s fraying backroads and small towns. It’s all a little rambling and anarchic, but later scenes in a jail have real bite. And when the sadness behind Lion’s smile is revealed, it’s also genuinely moving.
  4. Reviewed by: Tom Dawson
    May 20, 2013
    80
    It’s strong on the details of itinerant life, and allows plotting to take a back seat to character.
  5. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    May 20, 2013
    80
    Hollywood movies have rarely spoken such tough and tender truths.
  6. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    May 20, 2013
    75
    it is a well-acted movie and for long stretches we're hoping it will work.
  7. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    May 20, 2013
    70
    A flawed, fascinating testament to a time of discovery in Hollywood: of how stories could be told onscreen, of what great actors might find within themselves, of just what in the hell this country had become in the late-'60s crackup.
  8. Reviewed by: Vincent Canby
    May 20, 2013
    50
    It all goes decisively wrong when Jerry Schatzberg, the director, and Garry Michael White, who wrote the screenplay, decide to saddle the pair with a poetic vision that suddenly makes everything needlessly phony.
  9. Reviewed by: Staff [Not Credited]
    May 20, 2013
    40
    Scarecrow is a periodically interesting but ultimately unsatisfying character study of two modern drifters.

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