The Left Handed Gun
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Penn's training in theater and live-TV drama (e.g. Playhouse 90) shows; the central performance is rehearsed into an anxious stir, every line matched to an actorly decision, a blocking cue."
‑ Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice
"Boasting a strong turn by Paul Newman as Billy the Kid, this disturbingly psychological, technically innovative deconstructive Western marks the impressive debut of Arthur Penn (Bonnie and Clyde), signaling the beginning of the New American Cinema."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The character has rarely been portrayed as well as he is by Newman."
‑ , Film4
"The picture is a smart and exciting western paced by Paul Newman's intense portrayal."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"A close, inspired study of Ford and Nicholas Ray, and a decisive source of inspiration to Peckinpah, Malick, and Penn himself, who looked at it again and saw Bonnie and Clyde."
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Penn's first film, it is in many ways a key stage in the development of the Western."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"A good but disturbing psychological western, well directed by Penn and acted in a strangely fascinating style by Newman."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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