"That’s the beautiful thing about a lot of the new, experimental American directors, they’d rather do interesting things and make provocative observations than try to outflank John Ford on his way to the Great American Movie. So all you can really say, I guess, is here’s what Coppola’s up to. It is a traditional American pastime and a noble one — exploring the country through the eyes of a dissatisfied searcher. And what the search discovers is no more (and no less) than a crossroads in Oklahoma, a parade in Pennsylvania, long nights on the road, a hero who got banged on the head, and a highway patrolman who is, even so, a human being. And these places and people fit together, they love or hate each other, all because of the accident of being alive at the same time and place."