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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 hisSet 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
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. This is the kind of movie that literate viewers pine for, laced with gracefulness and wit.
  2. Reviewed by: Andrea C. Basora
    90
    The result is a film of rare restraint and surprising power.
  3. This engaging film proves a total pleasure, suitable for moviegoers who like their films a bit old-fashioned but still mainstream.
  4. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    80
    Beat by beat, Mamet turns out an immaculately staged, crisply paced, and elegantly acted movie. It's also a tad bloodless, but you can't have everything.
  5. A study in unexpressed emotion, but Mamet turns the flame so low that his film lacks the emotional payoff we expect.
  6. 75
    A pleasure to watch and also serves as a reminder of a time when "right over might" was at the core of a powerful country's credo. [28 May 1999, Tempo, p.5]
  7. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    50
    Handsomely appointed and faultlessly acted, but no more alive than a well-dressed corpse.

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