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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 10

    out of 100


    Every character, every scene, is marred by the film's double view, which oscillates between sympathy and farce.

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  • 63

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    This good movie is buried beneath millions of dollars that were spent on "production values" that wreck the show.

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  • 70

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    The New York Times Vincent Canby

    The over-all production is very handsome, and the performances fine, especially Newman, Redford, and Miss Ross, who must be broadly funny and straight, almost simultaneously.

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  • 80

    out of 100


    Action dwells upon the misadventures of the pair as they pursue the outlaw trail, but more importantly, packs the type of fast movement the title indicates.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    The movie is jovial without being silly; it retains the sense of adventure that characterizes the Western, but replaces the often somber mood with one that is airy and, at times, almost comedic.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

Funny and poignant tale of two famous outlaws.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this classic film's message is somewhat responsible (crime does indeed pay, but not without consequences), but parents should know this movie contains prostitutes, drinking and carousing and lots and lots of shooting.

  • Families can talk about the charisma of the outlaws: It's impossible to watch this movie and not laugh with them, sympathize with them, even want to see them shoot their way out of trouble? What sort of example, parents might wonder, does that set for their children? Is it ever okay to break the law if you can get away with it? What do you think of the crimes Butch and Sundance committed?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Outlaws rob, kill, and enjoy the company of prostitutes.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Lots of shooting and resulting death; some blood.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Butch and Sundance frequent prostitutes; some undressing, no nudity.

  • language false3

    Language: Occasional mild to moderate profanity.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some drinking and carousing.