Bonnie and Clyde
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Producer/star Warren Beatty had to convince Warner Bros. to finance this film, which went on to become the studio's second-highest grosser. It also caused major controversy by redefining violence in cinema and casting its criminal protagonists as sympathetic anti-heroes. Based loosely on the true exploits of Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker during the 30s, the film begins as Clyde (Beatty) tries to steal the car of Bonnie Parker (Faye Dunaway)'s mother. Bonnie is excited by Clyde's outlaw demeanor, and he further stimulates her by robbing a store in her presence. Clyde steals a car,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

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"Bonnie and Clyde don't really know that killing kills. The film does -- unlike the run of movies about violence now, which mostly know that killing sells."
‑ Penelope Gilliatt, New Yorker
"Like Bonnie and Clyde themselves, the film rides off in all directions and ends up full of holes."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"[VIDEO ESSAY] a seamless balancing act. Equal parts true-crime exposť, dysfunctional love story, and Depression-era think piece, the picture underscores American police departments' longstanding proclivity for short cuts to justice, i.e. murder."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty deliver pitch perfect performances as Bonnie and Clyde, with characterisations that are layered and engaging. Beatty's bravado is infectious, and Dunaway's abandon is life affirming - if doomed."
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"A bona fide landmark in American film, Bonnie and Clyde stands the test of time the same way its protagonists did: by breaking all the rules. [Blu-Ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Bonnie and Clyde is the most excitingly American American movie since The Manchurian Candidate. The audience is alive to it."
‑ Pauline Kael, New Yorker
"It's by far the least controlled of Penn's films... but the pieces work wonderfully well, propelled by what was then a very original acting style."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"After nearly a half century, the film's influence is still overwhelming and obvious."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Those returning to Bonnie and Clyde with this well-deserved special edition could well be shocked by how, well, shocking it is."
‑ Chris Barsanti, PopMatters
"In spite of the technological advances of film in the modern age, the blood soaked finale remains one of the most extraordinarily shot closers ever filmed..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Considered New Hollywood's moment of arrival, tipping square critic Bosley Crowther into retirement (The New York Times, they were a-changin')."
‑ Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice
"This inconsistency of direction is the most obvious fault of Bonnie and Clyde, which has some good ingredients, although they are not meshed together well."
‑ Dave Kaufman, Variety
"Goes overboard in its homage to a vicious team of bank robbers and killers."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Stylistically, Arthur Penn's crime epic doesn't do anything that hadn't already been seen in any number of runty, skuzzy teen epics, all of which firmly established the paragons of good (i.e. "The Law") as being the new antagonists."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"Modern crime classic directed by Arthur Penn w/Beatty, Dunaway"
‑ Steve Crum,
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