The Newton Boys
The Newton Boys (1998)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: March 27, 1998
DVD Release Date: May 25, 1999
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Critic Score: 62% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Emanuel Levy

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.

Chris Grunden
Film Journal International

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.

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Scott Weinberg

More yawn-inducing than fifty people yawning.

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Michael Dequina

Like the Newtons themselves, the film never goes for the kill.

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Jeremy Heilman

Linklater's genuine regard for his characters and fidelity to his setting are his strongest directorial traits.

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Eric Lurio

Had this come out three months ago, it would be up for an Oscar for something.

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James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

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.

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

These are fetching performers, but their built-in energy is about all The Newton Boys has going for it.

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Flixster Audience Score: 44% Flixster User Reviews
KJ Proulx
Early in his career, director Richard Linklater crafted this true story about brothers who rob banks and trains back in the 1920's. For Richard Linklater,… More
Jason Spencer
A good period movie with a really good cast but the movie starts to drag after a while.
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Skeet Ulrich, Ethan Hawke, Gail Cronauer, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jena Karam, Julianna Margulies, Casey McAuliffe, Dwight Yoakam… More
Dean McKenna
Between 1919 and 1924, Willis Newton and his three brothers robbed more than 80 banks from Texas to Canada, then capped their career with America's largest… More
Flutie Archibald
I was pleasantly surprised at how good this movie turned out. To be honest, I'd never heard of it until a friend recommended it (based on a very old… More
Megan S
Stopped this movie before it was over.