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  • Summary: Set in 1910, The Winslow Boy is based on a real-life story of a young cadet who is accused of stealing a five-shilling postal note. As his case proceeds, it challenges many long accepted legal notions and sets off a national frenzy, exacting a heavy price on the family that takes on his defense. (Sony Pictures Classics) Expand
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  1. Positive: 26 out of 28
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  1. This is the kind of movie that literate viewers pine for, laced with gracefulness and wit.
  2. He doesn't lose his stylistic identity either: in addition to the very Mamet-like delivery of unfinished sentences, his command of rhythm and flow remains flawless throughout.
  3. This engaging film proves a total pleasure, suitable for moviegoers who like their films a bit old-fashioned but still mainstream.
  4. Mamet's real triumph, however, is in his directing. Like every good director, he has "seen" the picture before he made it; and he saw it as a piece with the intimacy and physicality of a play that nonetheless flowed like cinema.
  5. A study in unexpressed emotion, but Mamet turns the flame so low that his film lacks the emotional payoff we expect.
  6. 75
    Mamet illustrates that he can work as capably from someone else's script as he can from his own, and that his talent as a director is not eclipsed by his ability as a writer.
  7. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    50
    Handsomely appointed and faultlessly acted, but no more alive than a well-dressed corpse.

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