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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Negative: 4 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    75
    The charismatic Dillon is a believable delinquent and gets solid support from a cast that went on to populate some of the better youth pictures in years to come. [Review of re-release]
  2. 75
    Francis Coppola's revision of his 1983 film of S.E. Hinton's best seller The Outsiders is funny, touching and revelatory, with twenty-two minutes of added footage and a new soundtrack featuring Elvis Presley. [Review of re-release]
  3. Reviewed by: John Engstrom
    75
    The director gives us a small, sincere and nearly perfectly realized film about adolescence in Oklahoma, aptly entitled The Outsiders. [24 Mar 1983]
  4. This is an honestly moving, ungainly film. [25 Mar 1983]
  5. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    30
    Alas, The Outsiders is not quite a good one. Because it falls in with the undulating rhythm of the life of its heroes, for whom a fatal fight and a quiet night have almost equal importance, the picture never manages to reach the peaks of satisfying Hollywood melodrama.
  6. 10
    Francis Ford Coppola's gang film is as moony about death as "One From the Heart" was over romance; the film is unremitting in its morbid sentimentality, running its teenage characters through a masochistic gamut of beatings, killings, burnings, and suicides.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Jan 28, 2012
    10
    A very hard hitting and moving story about rival gangs and the effect it has on the lives of the people in and around the gangs. The storyA very hard hitting and moving story about rival gangs and the effect it has on the lives of the people in and around the gangs. The story follows two of the younger greasers after one of them accidently kills a rival gang member in self defence. They leave town and believe they will have to remain on the run forever.

    With a cast to die for, The Outsiders is an incredible, hard hitting film. Portrayed in a believable and moving way, the cast includes Matt Dillon, Emilio Estevez, Diane Lane, Patrick Swayze, Tom Cruise, C. Thomas Howell and Rob Lowe. But Ralph Macchio stands out in this film as Johnny Cade.

    The direction of Francis Ford Coppola along with stunning performances from the cast bring this film to life. You feel for the characters as they take you on an emotional rollercoaster. You laugh along with them and share in the anguish and feel the pain they all go through just to survive. It is hard not to watch the film now without comparing other films the cast have made since this film. But for many of the cast, it is up there with the finest performances of their career.

    The film is an adaption of a classic novel by S.E. Hinton who was just 16 when the novel was first published in 1967. It was also her first novel. The book has become part of school English curriculum.
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  2. RhiannonK
    Feb 18, 2008
    10
    This is an enspiring movie. We had to walk it in Health class, I really got into it. Then when we had to write a report on the movie. It was This is an enspiring movie. We had to walk it in Health class, I really got into it. Then when we had to write a report on the movie. It was so much fun letting my feelings flow. Thank you for creating a magnificant movie! Expand
  3. curtw
    May 2, 2008
    10
    This movie is one of a kind. It showed us about the gang life.It showed us even though other people might think your dirt. You will always This movie is one of a kind. It showed us about the gang life.It showed us even though other people might think your dirt. You will always have your friends. Expand
  4. alano
    Jun 17, 2010
    7
    I've read the novel the movie was based on and both the movie and novel were great. Some critics just don't get these kind of I've read the novel the movie was based on and both the movie and novel were great. Some critics just don't get these kind of movies. This adaption is very decent! Expand
  5. Feb 23, 2011
    7
    The first problem, the actors not that they were bad but the fact that the movie relied on them too much. It had good action and seemedThe first problem, the actors not that they were bad but the fact that the movie relied on them too much. It had good action and seemed believable. Until they started talking. The problem is that it followed the book almost line by line and that made it very cheesy and the buff cool kids would suddenly spout a line from a poem and that ruined it. Expand
  6. JayH
    May 6, 2008
    6
    Considering the talent involved, and the remarkable cast of young stars, the movie just lacks involvement and depth. All the ingredients are Considering the talent involved, and the remarkable cast of young stars, the movie just lacks involvement and depth. All the ingredients are there, somehow it didn't fully come together. Still, it is a well crafted film and it is interesting, just not as interesting as it should have been. Expand
  7. Jan 25, 2014
    0
    So **** stupiD! The book is even worse. I am being super super super super super nice with this review! it is aSo **** stupiD! The book is even worse. I am being super super super super super nice with this review! it is a -0.0000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000001/100 stars. And that is super nice too. the worst author and movie ever Expand

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