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Five Easy Pieces


Jack Nicholson gives a tour de force performance in this riveting masterpiece. Nominated for four Academy Awards(r), including Best Picture 1970.

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- Cole Smithey,, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: The film embraces proletarian chic but still gets its laughs by abusing waitresses.

- Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, Thursday, July 26, 2007

Fresh: A key American film of its era, Bob Rafelson's moody, character-driven tale of an upper-middle class dropout established Jack Nicholson as the foremost actor of his generation in articulating the values of the new generation.

- Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Love the Tammy Wynette/Classical music soundtrack. Especially love the scene where Elton's wife is glued to the small staticy tv screen watching Frank Capra's "You Can't Take It With You".

- fb1664868775, Tuesday, October 18, 2011

3 stars

A great road movie about a man who is on a, wait for it, existential journey. This film not only spoke to a generation of filmgoers bewildered by end of the turbulent 60's, but also catapulted Nicholson to the A-List. It is a powerful study on alienation and not for those seeking escapist entertainment. While it is most famous for it's diner scene, I think that scene deserves more than just the simple laugh that most people give it. While Nicholson is on a constant search for his place in this world, on the rare occasion that he does know what he wants, his efforts are obstructed by an established order. Even his attempts to rectify the situation are thwarted by those who reinforce the order. A palpable message for the turn of the decade. Unfortunately, the film does take some unnecessary detours, pun intended, and Karen Black has to be one of the most obnoxious on screen presences I have ever witnessed.

- axadntpron, Thursday, September 29, 2011

4 stars

Jack Nicholson's performance in Five Easy Pieces is incendiary, plain and simple. It's not a particularly exciting or even a feel good movie but its an honest character study with plenty of great and/or distracting moments. The direction and photography are beautiful and the soundtrack is great. Five Easy Pieces gets better with each viewing and is proof positive that Jack Nicholson could do no wrong in the early 1970s.

- mjgildea, Tuesday, May 10, 2011