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  • Director: Richard Linklater
  • Genre(s): Action, Drama, History, Crime, Western
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 113 min
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 20
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  1. Not to be hyperbolic, but Richard Linklater's first big-budget movie may be the Jules and Jim of bank-robber movies, thanks to its astonishing handling of period detail and its gentleness of spirit, both buoyed by a gliding lightness of touch.
  2. 75
    A fast-paced, entertaining motion picture that replaces gritty tension with a lightly-dramatic character interaction that occasionally borders on straight comedy.
  3. 70
    The Newton Boys is Linklater's most conventional film and, despite its numerous flaws, it's not bad.
  4. 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.
  5. 50
    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.
  6. Director Richard Linklater ("Dazed and Confused") should have taken a cue from the music -- the film needs a lot more snap.
  7. 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.

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