Fine Line Features | Release Date: October 18, 1991 CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION
77
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Generally favorable reviews based on 18 Critic Reviews
Positive:
13
Mixed:
5
Negative:
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100
The film itself is invigorating - written, directed, and acted with enormous insight and comic elan. [27 Sept 1991]
100
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]
75
Entertainment WeeklyLawrence O'Toole
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.
70
No matter what you've been used to, Idaho is something completely different, a film that manages to confound all expectations, even the ones it sets up itself. [18 Oct 1991]
63
Truth is, Idaho is nothing but set pieces; tossed into a mix whose meaning is almost certainly private. [27 Sept 1991]
50
What plot it has is borrowed, improbably, from Henry IV, and whenever anyone manages to speak an entire paragraph, it is usually a Shakespearean paraphrase. But this is a desperate imposition on an essentially inert film. [28 Oct 1991]
50
The New YorkerTerrence Rafferty
It's a beautiful disaster, like a bomb test out in the middle of nowhere. [7 Oct 1991, p.100]
50
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)]