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  • 50
    Peter Stack San Francisco Chronicle

    Director Richard Linklater ("Dazed and Confused") should have taken a cue from the music -- the film needs a lot more snap. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    A fast-paced, entertaining motion picture that replaces gritty tension with a lightly-dramatic character interaction that occasionally borders on straight comedy. show more

  • 50
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The film chronicles their criminal career in a low-key, meandering way; we're hanging out with them more than we're being told a story. show more

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    The plot is familiar from decades of earlier bank-robbing sagas - the classic "Bonnie and Clyde" seems to have been a particular inspiration for its overall tone - and neither the action nor the dialogue rings meaningful changes on the genre. show more

  • 50
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Examiner

    Linklater has less success telling a story; time passes amiably, but the film has no center. show more

  • 50
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    On the flimsy wings of this familiar fairy tale, Linklater tries to fly himself a movie, dressing up the quartet (and the strapping he-men cast to portray them) in the audience-friendly vestments of picaresque charm. show more

  • 70
    Film Threat

    Linklater reaches for the sky with this film, but the result is mixed. show more

  • 60
    TV Guide

    Inoffensive and designed to cater to some sort of middle-of-the-road constituency (it's not entirely clear who wants period gangster Westerns to be jolly instead of dark), this film is a huge leap forward for director and cowriter Richard Linklater, and he tackles the genre conventions and period set pieces with eminent grace. show more

  • 78
    Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle

    What The Newton Boys lacks in dramatic definition, it more than compensates for with its underlying intelligence and visual luster. show more

  • 42
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    Scored to a disarmingly quaint array of fiddle-and-banjo tunes, The Newton Boys has so little in the way of blood or rancor that before long, you begin to notice that there's no real drama in it, either. show more

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