The most late '60s film ever.
From the very first moment of this film, I was hooked. The editing, Harry Nilsson's "Everybody's Talkin'", the whole aesthetic just sucked me in like a black hole. New Hollywood grit at its best. At times it reminds my of my favorite novel, "Crime and Punishment" by Dostoyevsky. Like the novel, it portrays poverty in its true colors, no matter how ugly it may be.
Perhaps one of the few Best Picture winners that really deserves the title.