75

Boston Globe

The director gives us a small, sincere and nearly perfectly realized film about adolescence in Oklahoma, aptly entitled The Outsiders. [24 Mar 1983]
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75

TV Guide

The charismatic Dillon is a believable delinquent and gets solid support from a cast that went on to populate some of the better youth pictures in years to come. [Review of re-release]
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Francis Coppola's revision of his 1983 film of S.E. Hinton's best seller The Outsiders is funny, touching and revelatory, with twenty-two minutes of added footage and a new soundtrack featuring Elvis Presley. [Review of re-release]
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63

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Coppola's teenagers seem trapped inside too many layers of storytelling.
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60

Variety

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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50

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Jay Scott
This is an honestly moving, ungainly film. [25 Mar 1983]
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30

Time

By 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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25

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
As a movie, it's mediocre.
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20

The New York Times

By 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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10

Chicago Reader

By Dave Kehr
Francis Ford Coppola's gang film is as moony about death as "One From the Heart" was over romance; the film is unremitting in its morbid sentimentality, running its teenage characters through a masochistic gamut of beatings, killings, burnings, and suicides.
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38 out of 100
Generally unfavorable reviews
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