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The Outsiders Review

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

  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
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  • 20

    out of 100

    The New York Times Vincent Canby

    It is spectacularly out of touch, a laughably earnest attempt to impose heroic attitudes on some nice, small characters purloined from a ''young-adult'' novel by S.E. Hinton, the woman who wrote the novel on which ''Tex'' was based.

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  • 30

    out of 100

    Time Richard Corliss

    Alas, The Outsiders is not quite a good one. Because it falls in with the undulating rhythm of the life of its heroes, for whom a fatal fight and a quiet night have almost equal importance, the picture never manages to reach the peaks of satisfying Hollywood melodrama.

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  • 60

    out of 100


    Francis Coppola has made a well acted and crafted but highly conventional film out of S.E. Hinton's popular youth novel, The Outsiders.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Coppola's teenagers seem trapped inside too many layers of storytelling.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 14+

Coppola's take on S.E. Hinton's classic. Teens+.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that THE OUTSIDERS is a film adaptation of a novel detailing teen gang violence in the 1950s. Characters drink, smoke, get in fights, harass schoolchildren, use knives and guns, and commit murder. One character is severely burned and dies. Additionally, the film deals frankly with class stratification. Several of the main characters have troubled home situations.

  • Families can talk about class divisions. Why does Cherry tell Ponyboy that she cannot talk to him at school? What makes the division between the socs and the greasers readily apparent? What can explain the origin of the rivalry between the two groups?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Characters resort to violence as a solution to their problems, with consequences.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Stoylines revolve around fighting and 1950s gang violence.

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    Sex: Not applicable

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    Language: Not applicable

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    Consumerism: Not applicable

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking and smoking among teens.