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Total Crap62.86%

3 reviews, 17 user ratings


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Newton Boys, The
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by Phloog

"Linklater has given us a gangster movie with no excitement at all"
1 stars

'If you liked Bonnie and Clyde, then you'll LOVE The Newton Boys!!!' Now THAT'S a catchy slogan! It's also a complete lie.

If you liked Bonnie and Clyde, go rent it again with the money you'll save by giving The Newton Boys a miss.

Linklater (director of the never released in Australia Slacker, Dazed and Confused and most recently subUrbia) has a wonderfully talented cast, which also included ER's Juliana Margulies. He uses them to tell the true story of four brothers who were the most successful bank robbers in the history of the United States.
Shades of Bonnie and Clyde are everywhere, as Linklater attempts to walk that fine line between homage and rip-off, stumbling far too often into the latter. If only he could have stolen a bit of the original's energy because Linklater has given us a gangster movie with no excitement at all.

His film debut, Slacker, had a casual documentary feel, which worked perfectly to provide an unstructured view of youth in modern Texas. When this same style, or lack thereof, is applied to a period gangster piece, the result drags like an un-wormed puppy. Also in his earlier works, characters tended to indulge in dialogue, but it entertained because there was an energy which came from the young actors and the words they were given. You won't find that energy in this film.

Some of the blame rests with the choice of subject matter: a key
difference between classic gangster films and this is that the Newtons didn't die in a hail of bullets, they just went on to live normal, respectable lives. They all grew old - which isn't really the stuff of gangster legend.

The Newton Boys presents us with an all-star cast of beautiful young things as they kind of just... drift about - sort of a Gen-X Love Boat with running boards. And it's about as entertaining as that sounds.

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originally posted: 08/26/98 13:24:06
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User Comments

12/10/10 PAUL SHORTT LETHARGIC, LACKSADAISICAL TRUE-LIFE SAGA 1 stars
8/26/05 ES Unnecessary garbage, nothing here worth watching or caring about 1 stars
5/28/05 Heidi King Not a blockbuster but quite funny - it is meant tongue in cheek 4 stars
10/14/03 Erik Van Sant Watching this movie is the equivalent of being castrated by a wood-nymph. 1 stars
8/26/02 Jeremy Scott Richard linklater's movies suck and this one keeps that streak alive 1 stars
2/18/02 Andrew Carden Great Guy Flick...Pretty Fun To Watch. Good Performances. 5 stars
1/17/02 Janette Sweet Vincent D'Onofrio rocks my world! 5 stars
12/26/01 tonker101 I loved this movie!! Great acting by all especially by Dwight yoakam.... 5 stars
8/06/01 E-Funk This movie...Jesus. Everything about it is just BAD. I feel weird even talking about it. 1 stars
3/01/99 Reyna Whoever wrote this movie should be dragged out into the street and shot!!! 1 stars
12/29/98 Schizofrenic This movie sucks, see Donnie Brasco 1 stars
12/11/98 Scion of Graveheart Another Untouchables knockoff with no excitement at all. My girlfriend was right. 1 stars
9/08/98 Young Einstein McConaughey is so NOT a crowd draw. STUDIOS TAKE NOT! 1 stars
9/08/98 BBReBozo Saw it on a plane. I prayed for a fiery death to end this dreck. Fuck Matt McConaughey. 1 stars
8/25/98 Mister Whoopee Pretty boys rob banks. Like a Chippendales show. 2 stars
8/16/98 Johny Better than the ad campaign 3 stars
8/15/98 {{{OZ}}} More Ethan Hawke hairy ass sucking 2 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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  14-Mar-1998 (PG-13)
  DVD: 17-Dec-2002

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