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Parents' Guide to

The Highwaymen

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Retired Rangers track Bonnie & Clyde; some violent images.

Movie R 2019 132 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 16+

No character development or anything beyond "the chase"

I think people might just be nostalgic for movies like this, but there is not much redeeming or interesting about this search for Bonnie & Clyde. No character development of the Highwaymen, just references to their past - but no real depth. Is it a chase? is that it? what about the politics that are just shadowed - the power of the Texas Rangers to kill with immunity? So so disappointing and a waste of my time. :(

This title has:

Too much violence
age 14+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (5 ):

Straightforward storytelling and solid performances by Costner and Harrelson make for a fine, though far less dynamic, partner to 1967's dazzling, classic Bonnie and Clyde. The Highwaymen is part police procedural, part myth-buster, and part buddy tale. The movie looks great; both cinematographer John Schwartzman and the production design team enhance director John Lee Hancock's vision of time and place; everything about the film feels authentic. Regrettably, in maintaining that accuracy, there's not a lot to surprise audiences. Hamer and Gault's machinations -- traversing Texas and venturing across its borders to focus on the villains' natural predilection for "going home" -- are smart but not always dramatic. And Hamer's stoicism doesn't allow for a spirited relationship with his partner. Still, it's an admirable movie that gives a very honest look at the flip side of a legendary historical event.

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