The Newton Boys Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
Variety
July 23, 2006
A handsome production that nicely evokes the 1920s and a likeable cast headed by McConaughey can't compensate for a Western-gangster film that's too diffuse and lacks a discernibel POV to be dramatically engaging.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
December 27, 2004
Like the Newtons themselves, the film never goes for the kill.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
July 3, 2003
Linklater seems to understand the root of McConaughey's appeal stems from his wild side. Casting McConaughey as someone noble and high-minded... is like hiring Madonna to play a housewife.
Chris Grunden
Film Journal International
September 9, 2002
There's little nuance in the straightforward, chronological way the tale is told--it's hard to point to a scene that's worth discussing after you've left the theatre.
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
March 5, 2002
Linklater's genuine regard for his characters and fidelity to his setting are his strongest directorial traits.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Eric Lurio
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
Had this come out three months ago, it would be up for an Oscar for something.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
January 1, 2000
These are fetching performers, but their built-in energy is about all The Newton Boys has going for it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
January 1, 2000
More yawn-inducing than fifty people yawning.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
March 20, 2008
| Original Score: 3/5

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
June 9, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Clint Morris
Film Threat
May 6, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Dragan Antulov
rec.arts.movies.reviews
May 14, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003
| Original Score: 2/4
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
December 19, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5

Film Threat
December 8, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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