"Max, I think you have a serious attitude problem"
- Earl Frank, Max's Parole officer (M. EMMET WALSH)
Variety - 03/22/1978
"...Harry Dean Stanton is excellent....David Shire's music is very good and [the] physical production details are strong..."
New York Times - 03/18/1977
"...Grimly witty....Beautifully acted by everyone..."
New York Times - 12/31/1978
Included in the New York Times's "10 BEST FILMS OF 1978"
Entertainment Weekly - 05/25/2007
"Hoffman is so fierce, he wills you into belief....[Dembo] turns out to be one of the actor's finest creations." -- Grade: A-
Sight and Sound - 08/01/2007
"Hoffman is near his best: it's a performance that demands attention for its modulation and precision."
Uncut - 07/01/2010
"The best movie in Grosbard's spare career, it has a great cast, including Harry Dean Stanton as the suburb-dwelling old buddy who's gone straight."
After 6 years in jail, Hoffman runs into trouble with a mean parole officer that sends him on a downward slide.
Dustin Hoffman stars in this dark drama about an ex-convict's return to a life of crime after a six-year stint at the state penitentiary. Max Dembo's troubles begin when, upon release from prison, he moves into an LA hotel instead of a halfway house. This puts him into hot water with his parole officer. But from there Max's life goes into a downward spiral, and together with some of his ex-con friends he embarks on a disastrous crime spree.