"The most important work by a young American director since Citizen Kane ."
(Paul D. Zimmerman)
"Bogdanovich has achieved a tactile sense of time and place... [and] he has made ennui fascinating. Together that is enough to herald him as possibly the most exciting new director in America today."
(Stefan Kanter, Time)
"What shines through The Last Picture Show is not so much the heroism of the characters as their capacity for survival... It is to Bogdanovich's credit and profit that he had managed at one and the same time to turn out an extraordinarily good movie and a refreshing affirmation of the life force of our civilization."
(Andrew Sarris, Village Voice)
"What I find extraordinary in the film is its power to suggest not only the social background but the situations and the unspoken desires of its characters... I do not propose to put the film, as I believe some American critics have put it, on the level of achievement of a Citizen Kane . But The Last Picture Show is certainly worth anybody's money."
"This amusing and beautifully acted film brings to life realistically the mood of the early 50's in America."