The Left Handed Gun Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
November 17, 2008
Boasting a strong turn by Paul Newman as Billy the Kid, this disturbingly psychological, technically innovative deconstructive Western marks the impressive debut of Arthur Penn (Bonnie and Clyde), signaling the beginning of the New American Cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
November 12, 2008
Penn's training in theater and live-TV drama (e.g. Playhouse 90) shows; the central performance is rehearsed into an anxious stir, every line matched to an actorly decision, a blocking cue.
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
June 18, 2008
A close, inspired study of Ford and Nicholas Ray, and a decisive source of inspiration to Peckinpah, Malick, and Penn himself, who looked at it again and saw Bonnie and Clyde.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
June 18, 2008
A good but disturbing psychological western, well directed by Penn and acted in a strangely fascinating style by Newman.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Variety Staff
Variety
June 18, 2008
The picture is a smart and exciting western paced by Paul Newman's intense portrayal.

Film4
October 30, 2007
The character has rarely been portrayed as well as he is by Newman.
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Tom Milne
Time Out
October 21, 2006
Penn's first film, it is in many ways a key stage in the development of the Western.
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