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Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

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70

Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 3

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Producer/star Warren Beatty had to convince Warner Bros. to finance this film, which went on to become the studio's second-highest grosser. It also caused major controversy by redefining violence in cinema and casting its criminal protagonists as sympathetic anti-heroes. Based loosely on the true exploits of Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker during the 30s, the film begins as Clyde (Beatty) tries to steal the car of Bonnie Parker (Faye Dunaway)'s mother. Bonnie is excited by Clyde's outlaw

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Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics

Robert Benton, David Newman

May 5, 2008

Warner Brothers/Seven Arts

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All Critics (49) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (44) | Rotten (5) | DVD (23)

Bonnie and Clyde don't really know that killing kills. The film does -- unlike the run of movies about violence now, which mostly know that killing sells.

January 14, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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Bonnie and Clyde is the most excitingly American American movie since The Manchurian Candidate. The audience is alive to it.

August 30, 2012 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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Considered New Hollywood's moment of arrival, tipping square critic Bosley Crowther into retirement (The New York Times, they were a-changin').

November 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Like Bonnie and Clyde themselves, the film rides off in all directions and ends up full of holes.

August 22, 2008 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine | Comments (5)
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It's by far the least controlled of Penn's films... but the pieces work wonderfully well, propelled by what was then a very original acting style.

July 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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This inconsistency of direction is the most obvious fault of Bonnie and Clyde, which has some good ingredients, although they are not meshed together well.

July 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety | Comment (1)
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After nearly a half century, the film's influence is still overwhelming and obvious.

August 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Goes overboard in its homage to a vicious team of bank robbers and killers.

July 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Comments (3)
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Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty deliver pitch perfect performances as Bonnie and Clyde, with characterisations that are layered and engaging. Beatty's bravado is infectious, and Dunaway's abandon is life affirming - if doomed.

August 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Those returning to Bonnie and Clyde with this well-deserved special edition could well be shocked by how, well, shocking it is.

May 1, 2008 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

Stylistically, Arthur Penn's crime epic doesn't do anything that hadn't already been seen in any number of runty, skuzzy teen epics, all of which firmly established the paragons of good (i.e. "The Law") as being the new antagonists.

March 31, 2008 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

A bona fide landmark in American film, Bonnie and Clyde stands the test of time the same way its protagonists did: by breaking all the rules. [Blu-Ray]

March 28, 2008
Groucho Reviews

In spite of the technological advances of film in the modern age, the blood soaked finale remains one of the most extraordinarily shot closers ever filmed...

March 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Modern crime classic directed by Arthur Penn w/Beatty, Dunaway

March 22, 2008
Video-Reviewmaster.com

Funny and violent, knowing and chilling, this is the template that no lovers-on-the-lam movies has ever bettered.

March 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Proof that the 1960s ended with a bang. For many, the film of the decade.

March 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

...whizzes by in a compact 111 minutes, while carrying an image of people and places that is hard to forget.

March 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Beatty's slo-mo rolling across the gravel, a muzzle flashing in his hand, is more real to us than Clyde slumped behind the wheel, dead before he realized he was ambushed

February 15, 2008 Full Review | Comment (1)
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Arguably the most influential (but not best) film of the late 60s, Arthur Penn's saga changed the course of American cinema, particularly in the controversial areas of sex and violence and the link between them.

February 1, 2008 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Freed from the production code that drove most of the old Warner Brothers gangster films of the 1930s and 40s, Arthur Penn gave Bonnie and Clyde a new kind of thrilling glee.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
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Audience Reviews for Bonnie and Clyde

Review coming to themoviefreakblog.com on 8/15
July 27, 2013
spielberg00

Super Reviewer

Heavy on the French New Wave influences, this surprisingly modern film showcases a compelling, dysfunctional romance amidst a decent amount of generic, albeit well executed pulpy crime tropes.
June 18, 2013
Kevin Cookman

Super Reviewer

Clyde Barrow: This here's Miss Bonnie Parker. I'm Clyde Barrow. We rob banks. 

"They're young. They're in love. They rob banks."

Bonnie and Clyde is a loosely made, American classic that tells the story of the two bank robbers from their first meeting to their ultimate peril. Sure there are some easy to spot errors and omissions, but this is a brilliantly made, fun, crime film. There's not much to complain about with this one. The movie is quick moving and never leaves Bonnie and Clyde. A lot of movies like this like to show a subplot where detectives, FbI, or whatever else scheme to find the bad guys. In Bonnie and Clyde, we don't see that; and I love it for that reason and many others.

Plot is kind of secondary here as the story is known. Meet Bonnie and Clyde, they rob banks. We watch as they tour the country, picking up C.W., Clyde's brother, Buck and his wife Blanche. Along the way, they rob and occasionally kill when they have to. The film makes us sympathize with Bonnie and Clyde. We see them with each other and how they act to each other. It makes us see their nice side, and that pretty much forces us to sympathize with their ultimate demise at the hands of some one they trusted. 

This movie works as well as it does for more than one reason, but the biggest is the chemistry between Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. The two are as perfect a bank robbing duo as you could hope for. Beatty is... well Beatty. So you know you're going to get a phenomenal performance from him. And Dunaway is the sexy, blonde that can win our hearts and she does it with amazing grace, turning in one of her most memorable roles as Bonnie. There's a good supporting cast as well with Gene Hackman, Michael J. Pollard, and Estelle Parsons rounding up the Barrow Gang.

The movie may be most notable for its depiction of violence. At the time, it was more than just groundbreaking; it was shocking. Now, we're used to being shown violence in over the top kind of ways and that makes watching this even more believable. The violence is depicted in a realistic way, making the movie more authentic because of it.

Needless to say, this is an absolute much watch. Watching Dunaway and Beatty as Bonnie and Clyde is fun, emotional, and a cinematic pleasure. I don't know how many movies there are out there that are about Bonnie and Clyde, but I haven't seen or heard about any, and there's a good reason for that. We don't need any. 
August 10, 2012
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Melvin White

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Telling the story of notorious armed robbers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, this Oscar nominated script was actually offered to both Truffaut and Godard, but even they could not have done a better job. Warren Beatty's awkward and impotent Clyde who sees himself as some kind of self styled Robin Hood is perfectly matched with Faye Dunaway's Bonnie, who sees him as a way out of her dreary small town existence. Their dysfunctional relationship is far more interesting than the usual Hollywood sappiness and there is plenty of warmth and humour as they cut a swathe through a wonderfully reconstructed depression era America, making their inevitably brutal demise all the more shocking and powerful. One of the best crime dramas of the sixties and the template for the likes of True Romance and Natural Born Killers. And Faye is surely a better cure for impotence than Viagra...
May 22, 2012
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    1. Clyde Barrow: We rob banks.
    – Submitted by Dutch E (17 months ago)
    1. Eugene Grizzard: Step on it Velma!
    – Submitted by Zach S (19 months ago)
    1. Clyde Barrow: the truck drivers come in to eat greasy burgers and they kid you and you kid them back, but they're stupid and dumb, boys with big tattoos all over 'em, and you don't like it... And they ask you for dates and sometimes you go... but you mostly don't, and all they ever try is to get into your pants whether you want to or not... and you go home and sit in your room and think, when and how will I ever get away from this?... And now you know.
    – Submitted by Adam O (19 months ago)
    1. Bonnie Parker: [Bonnie to Buck and Blanche] Why don't y'all go back to your *own* cabin, if you want to play with C.W.
    – Submitted by Adam O (19 months ago)
    1. Clyde Barrow: Hell, you might just be the best damn girl in Texas.
    – Submitted by Adam O (19 months ago)
    1. Clyde Barrow: [about Bonnie's poem] You know what you done there? You told my story, you told my whole story right there, right there. One time, I told you I was gonna make you somebody. That's what you done for me. You made me somebody they're gonna remember.
    – Submitted by Adam O (19 months ago)
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