The Newton Boys
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Richard Linklater's fifth feature is a major departure from his previous work -- his first big-budget picture, it's also the first of his films since his 1987 Super-8 effort "It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books" not set during his signature 24-hour time frame, offering instead a ravishing bankrobber period piece buoyed by a gentleness of spirit rare among movies of any genre. Its true story tells of the four Texas-born Newton brothers, who between 1919 and 1924 were the most successful robbers in the U.S.; led by the newly-paroled Willis Newton (Matthew… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 62%

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"A handsome production that nicely evokes the 1920s and a likeable cast headed by McConaughey can't compensate for a Western-gangster film that's too diffuse and lacks a discernibel POV to be dramatically engaging."
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"There's little nuance in the straightforward, chronological way the tale is told--it's hard to point to a scene that's worth discussing after you've left the theatre."
‑ Chris Grunden, Film Journal International
"These are fetching performers, but their built-in energy is about all The Newton Boys has going for it."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Like the Newtons themselves, the film never goes for the kill."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Linklater's genuine regard for his characters and fidelity to his setting are his strongest directorial traits."
‑ Jeremy Heilman,
"More yawn-inducing than fifty people yawning."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"Linklater seems to understand the root of McConaughey's appeal stems from his wild side. Casting McConaughey as someone noble and high-minded... is like hiring Madonna to play a housewife."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Had this come out three months ago, it would be up for an Oscar for something."
‑ Eric Lurio,
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