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8/10
Well done!
ethancdowns29 March 2019
Movie that takes place in the 30s it was truly well done and very well thought out. This movie created the mystery of bonnie and clyde and the drama and havoc the created throughout the south. The true story of these 2 retired rangers made this all the more appealing. Kevin costner was a magnificent choice for haymer! Harrelson was perfect as his partner. I really enjoyed the big names in this movie down to Kathy bates. Very happy with the detail this film portrayed.
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8/10
Yes!
FrenchEddieFelson29 March 2019
We all saw the movie Bonnie and Clyde (1967) directed by Arthur Penn. In France, we all heard the eponymous song (Brigitte Bardot and Serge Gainsbourg, 1968). The Highwaymen is a mirror version with two retired Rangers in pursuit of the infamous outlaws Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker, considered as Robin Hood and his beloved wife by the plebs. A dead or alive hunt, in the 30's. Knowing that dead is a priori more practical, we suspect from the outset, even if we do not know the story, that it will probably be the chosen solution. In many aspects, I perceive the atmosphere of Unforgiven (1992) directed by Clint Eastwood, with its predictable and ineluctable ending, with cars and heavy machine guns instead of horses and Remingtons.

The actors, the photography, the costumes, the cars, the atmosphere of the post-1929 Great Depression, the rhythm, the dialogues, the soundtrack, ... This is an excellent movie! As a synthesis: 8/9 of 10.
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Entertaining and engaging, skipping the prior sympathetic bandit myth telling
random-7077829 March 2019
This is an extremely well put together, engaging and entertaining telling of the pursuit of Bonnie and Clyde. Woody Harrelson is at the top of his form. He's played the part of the hardbitten lawman before, but it keeps getting better. And Costner does almost as well. The interplay is absorbing and extremely well written and acted.

In western culture we love our bandit myths and legends, which for some reasons celebrate some fairly nasty characters. Knowing the real story of Bonnie and Clyde, as opposed to the myth created by the contemporary news media and J. Edgar Hoover, always made Arthur Penns near worshipful portrayal of these two blood drenched spree murderers jarring. Bonnie and Clyde were bloodthirsty sociopaths, who in fact ambushed and murdered a fair number of people, including shooting unarmed store clerks in the back. Bonnie and Clyde were not "sticking it to the man" robbing big business like banks as much as they were in fact robbing and killing owners of small stores and then committing cold blooded murder of policemen trying to stop the mass murder spree.

The ultimate "ambush" of Bonnie and Clyde was not some planned execution, it was the result of the simple fact that those two had, withing seconds of being stopped, routinely murdered police who stopped them. They also did most of their murders with simple revolvers and sawed off shotguns, and almost none of the guns used were machine guns (a documented invention of Hoover's FBI; of the twenty or so people Bonnie and Clyde shot exactly one was shot with a machine gun). Hoover was fixated on above all else a) trying to prove that his agency's high tech of the time was the best avenue, despite all evidence to the contrary, b) distracting from, even to the point of denying the existence of, organized crime that Prohibition he supported had created. Hence his spinning of "celebrity" criminals like Dillinger and Bonnie and Clyde, which also fit his narrative that we needed a national police force.

In fact FBI in fact made a mess out of their pursuit of Bonnie and Clyde, and it was old fashioned policing by two standard state lawmen that put an end to their violent spree.

So watch this film to see great buddy cop tension, and character interplay. Seriously as good as True Detective level. And a subtle subtext of well done but not over the top critique of Penn's worshipful portrayal of these two hyperviolent criminals in his 1967 film. The bumbling lawmen myth attached to to the 1967 film is also blown away. Bonnie and Clyde's murder and crime spree ranged over an area of 600,000 square miles, and it was old fashioned hard-bitten police work that got them.

Lastly the period work is another very well done element. Not just the visual elements, but the the dialogue. Instead of the fictitious Hepburn-Tracy like, now laughable, staccato dialogue of the 1967 film, we get a much more accurate laconic way of speaking at that time. More is said in fewer words between Harrelson and Costner.

Give it a watch, you will not be disappointed, although your prior positive views of the one-dimensional 67 film, may change.
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8/10
Finally a movie that glorifies the good guys
xxxNomadicxxx29 March 2019
Warning: Spoilers
It's nice to see a movie that shows the hard tedious work that law enforcement endures to bring down villains like Bonnie and Clyde.
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8/10
The other side of the isle
sudip-chatterjee29 March 2019
This story is told from the other perspective that we are used to see. Two aged, recommissioned(or, actually half-recommissioned) Texas Rangers take on Bonny and Clyde and hunt them in the end using same tactics that B&C used to kill lawmen. The tempo is slow at the beginning and builds up gradually until the climax. The sedate style of storytelling is intentional to give it a more realistic feel. The director Mr. Hancock achieves that masterfully! Set-design is excellent! Camerawork follows the happenings from the perspective of Pancho and Manny, and you get a clear idea of what they are facing while dealing with such criminals. There are some intense moments that will keep you on the edges of your seats! Finally, the acting. Superb! A plus straightaway! The screen chemistry of Costner and Harrelson works like magic, and their banter wont let you feel that you are actually watching a hunting party involving some deep criminals. The last scene is simply impeccable! I'd say its a solid eight-outta-ten!
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9/10
Excellent
alvinpiecrust-3990930 March 2019
The cinematography, sets and costumes were all, first rate. It's this kind of attention to detail which sets this movie apart from some others. Woody Harrelson is the stand-out performer to me, but Costner more than carries his weight. The atmosphere of austerity in the Western States is palpable. Once again Netflix has nailed it, keep it up guys.
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9/10
An instant classic
spadurar-331-63712129 March 2019
The discussion in between Clyde's father (William Sadler) and Hamer (Costner) is an instant classic, that remains imprinted in the memory. Same goes for the poker table scene ...

Harrowing
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10/10
One of the best True Crime Drama's I've seen!
wademsd29 March 2019
Kevin Costner was born for this role and was superb!

Such a gritty, entertaining film that, instead of glorifying the horrific acts of Bonnie and Clyde, they focus on the true heroes of the story played brilliantly by Costner and Harrelson.

Great work, Netflix!
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7/10
It's Woody Harrelson and Kevin Costner Show
Atrey_Doury29 March 2019
Well, it's a hunt. And not much of it at that. The story lies within a very narrow confine of our two lead characters. There's enough background to make sense. Screenplay is mostly taut and the direction is good. But it is Harrelson and Costner that bring it all to mean much more than its mere sum. Both are excellent ... especially Costner who takes to westerns and baseball flicks like duck to water. Watch it for these two for there's not much else that you cannot gather from wikipedia.

Nevertheless one of the better addition to Netflix. Nice!
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10/10
A 10/10 grabbed-my-attention delight!
vikas554430 March 2019
Just finished watching it on Netflix. Loved every moment of it Wonderful everything. Highly recommended.
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9/10
Probably the best film I have seen on Netflix
zaidhunt29 March 2019
Great movie ... really happy to see Kevin Costner back on his game ... loved the slow pace and acting
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10/10
Woody Is so good! Loved how the kept the criminals mystery.
popcornbingepodcast29 March 2019
Extremely well done! Great script! Woody and Kevin are a match made in heaven. Keeping the criminals mysterious was a nice touch! You never see their faces! Costume and set design was award worthy.
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8/10
A Damn Good Film
roguegrafix29 March 2019
A great film for history buffs -- although given a lot of poetic licence. I love the way they dehumanize Bonny and Clyde (B&C)--making them the enemy. As corny as Kevin Costner can be, he is good in this film as his his side-kick.

There is no evidence Costner said "Hands Up" at the end and the fact that Bonnie shot cops is heavily disputed but the coke bottle message is correct.

It was just great to be memorized by this film for a couple of hours. Enjoy.
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9/10
What a movie!
bspavlovic30 March 2019
Yes, it's Costner and Harrelson, and their superb acting (and supporting roles' too) that comes to the forefront. But there's so much more to this movie: technically, one of the best made movies I've seen in a long time. Directing, scenography, cinematography, editing, camera, costumes, I dare you to find the weak spot in this movie from the technical point of view. The screenplay is amazingly accurate, and it follows the true story to the tee, never falling into the trap of glamourizing either side, as the previous versions did. It's also remarkable in emphasizing our mad obsession with marginal characters whose only claim to fame was their notoriety, stupidity or both. This is the movie that describes the best why I love this art form so much. Good movie, and a good book, when finished, leave you with the lingering feeling of involvement, the trace of dialog, scene, passage that refuses to be forgotten for a long time. Not the greatest movie of all times, but surely one that will find its place in aficionados' hearts.
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10/10
Outstanding!
tictocman29 March 2019
The best portrayal of this saga has been made! The singularity of each character was spot on. Harrelson brought a depth always enjoyable to watch with a sense of humor poignant and subtle. Costner was mesmerizing! All supporting performances were excellent at adding to this rich palette. Thank you Netflix. More like this please.
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9/10
Amazing
boardy-5510330 March 2019
I'm amazed Hollywood allowed this to be made. Just purely believable. Not one smidgen of compassion for the bad guys. (Which is exactly the amount that they deserve ).
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7/10
Effective Remake
Intermissionman_25 March 2019
This is the True story of 2 Texas Rangers who both came out of retirement to hunt down the notorious Bonnie and Clyde. Frank Hamer (Costner) and Maney Gault (Harrelson) team up and hit the road after being hired by Texas Governor Ma Ferguson(Bates) and the Prison Warden(J K Lynch) from where Barrow escaped. Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were as famous as Movie Stars back in the 1930's and this is effectively portrayed especially at the end. Costner and Harrelson pairing works well and though maybe a bit long the Movie does its Job and so did the Bullets!
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6/10
Slow
phrsmith30 March 2019
While it was good to watch a movie about Bonnie and Clyde from the view point of the men who ended there crime spree but I found it slow and a bit dull. Maybe those men where really like that in real life who knows but it don't make good viewing. It was interesting from a historical point of view just not so good from an entertaining point of view
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7/10
I loved it
sayemsalman09429 March 2019
It's a good movie.The acting was so good. I loved everything about this movie. The dialogues were good as well. Woody and Kevin were at their best. I recommend everyone to watch this movie.
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8/10
Long, slow burn, but still a great biopic.
TheTopDawgCritic1 April 2019
Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson were perfectly cast and outstanding in their performances, as were all supporting cast and other leads. The directing and cinematography were on point, and the historical accuracy of the story was impressive, but I felt the screenplay was a little dragged out with the very slow pacing and too-long of a runtime at 132 mins. I also felt some of the scenes were not necessary and should have been omitted/cut down. Had the pace been picked up and/or edited down to 90-100 mins, this film would have been perfect. Still very entertaining and enjoyable. I especially liked the end credits that showed actual black and white photos of the real characters and how/where they ended up. It's an 8/10 from me.
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5/10
Toooooo slooooow
nick-615-607701 April 2019
Great cast, looks gorgeous and shows the story from an interesting perspective but it's about 40 minutes too long. The pacing of the whole movie stalls to a stop quite a few times and never picks up above a crawl. Even the confrontation is extruciating. Shame as it does look so good. Maybe a good editor could cut it down a bit. Worth a watch just for the cars alone.
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10/10
Outstanding!!!
hampster7630 March 2019
Kevin Costner & Woody Harrelson are the BEST! Historical accuracy is the backbone of this movie! Well-done to the writers, producers, and director! Kathy Bates was the ABSOLUTE best choice to portray Texas Governor, Ma Ferguson. WOW, simply WOW! Highly recommend!!!!!
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10/10
It was everything I expected... And it was great!!!
thejamieblassingame30 March 2019
Going into the movie you must understand it is a slow burn. This is the traditional Bonnie & Clyde story told from the perspective of the lawmen, and it is very well done. If you go into this movie expecting to see Bonnie & Clyde shoot their way through banks and cops you will be disappointed. This is about Frank Hammer, and Maney Gault's pursuit to kill Bonnie & Clyde.
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10/10
Wonderfully authentic
mxsuba2630 March 2019
Netflix got it right this time! Very well done film based on the true pursuit of the Barrow Gang in 1934 by two former Texas Rangers. Costner and Harrelson, both looking crusty and aging (though they are not all that old in real life), chase after two of the most dangerous gangsters of the 1930's. Great authenticity in the film. Period correct cars, homes, gas stations, stores, and clothes. Kim Dickens, Costner's wife, looks beautiful in her vintage outfits. The prop people and set decorators really did their job well. Bonnie and Clyde are almost minor actors in the film since it is mainly about the two retired Texas Rangers, a story not often told in detail. Many real images of the events are shown at the very end of the film. A long movie but worth the time.
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8/10
Hits The Bone Without Any Gristle - Excellent work.
LouieInLove30 March 2019
Everything about this film hits the spot. It's honest & through its honesty it reflects upon human hypocrisy & the vulgar cult of celebrity - which is more prevalent now than it was in the 30s.

Costner & Harrelson put in award worthy performances. In fact the whole cast is fantastic.

Very good film, very well told & very worth the watch.
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