Back then when I saw it for the first time, I was excessively impressed with it, which made it hard to comprehend why the heck it got such low ratings. If we remove 'excessively', that's still the case. It's got good performances and a very fitting lead role. It's very energetic and intense, but it's too full of frantic, over-the-top acts (the near-accident caused by the guy offering a lift, the first meeting with sweet gal, the lap dance, ...), which are rather disturbing, divorcing the movie from reality. The brutality shown at the end wasn't needed, and is neither explanied nor justified. The movie remains excellent.