Historical Reception Report

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HistoricalReception Report

The movie Bonnie and Clyde captures the experiences of the tworobbers as they tried to escape from the police officers. The reportwill analyze four reviews and determine the overall summary and howtheir insight shapes the general reception of the movie.


The film shows the various ways in which they dealt with the policeofficers as they stole vehicles and tricked the officers. Inparticular, the movie also shows the passion that drove the waiter tothe former convict, and together they formed a notorious gang. Thecrime spree also captures the graphic violence where they run aroundshooting and bombing the police officers. The way that they were ableto stay together during this entire scenario makes the movie evenmore interesting.

More important, the producer was able to capture the attention of theaudience, and one will most likely support the couple as they escapefrom the officers. In reality, might hate robbers because they areevil and they are killing people, but, this movie shows two peoplethat truly understand each and are loyal to each other, somethingthat shows how the film is also insightful.


Crowther believes that the movie is not a perfect representation ofthe real life of Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker, who were thugsduring the post-Depression period. The author asserts that theproducers have added some less-appealing aspects that make the scenesless entertaining (Crowther). It also captures the exaggerationemployed in painting life in Texas and Oklahoma. Furthermore, thereview insists that the movie showed that the two robbers had theability to manipulate the police officers quite easily without beingdetected. Clearly, he assumes that the producers could have done abetter job in illustrating the real events that occurred.

Morgenstern’s first review talks about the interesting and lessentertaining part of the movie. In particular, he questions the useof violence in the film and how it painted the police officers asweaker beings (Morgenstern, Review of Bonnie and Clyde). Forinstance, he suggests that less violence could have still capturedthe historical events that surrounded the life of the two robbers. Itseems like the music was also turn-off and Morgenstern insists thatit did not match with the specific incidents in the movie. However,the review believes that the movie had humor and the two leadingcharacters connected showing how they were being driven by passion.

The second review that was created by Morgenstern asserts that theprevious illustration was unfair. He reconsiders the claim that theviolence was depicted inaccurately and he thinks that after watchingthe movie for the second time, he saw how the producer incorporatedvarious techniques in making it more interesting (Morgenstern, 2ndReview of Bonnie and Clyde). In fact, Morgenstern reveals that thefilm was simply recapturing the historical events and they had toinclude everything since it was a violent genre. Lastly, he concludesthat the movie showed that crime is wrong even if the entire plotindicated how robbers demeaned the police officers that were chasingthem.

Kael, on the other hand, addresses the critiques and she insists thatthe movie was well-presented and it is hard for the producer toplease everyone. Instead, she reveals that the film was capturingcases of robbery, and it was quite hard to ignore any violentscenarios. In fact, Kael indicated that some of the movies would lessviolence often leaves their audience with so much in theirimaginations since they cannot comprehend how certain scenes ended(Kael). Hence, she asserts that producers should paint the actualimages of blood and wounds because people need to understand the grimreality in the society. In summary, she believes that the movie did abetter job and people are criticizing its portrayal of violencebecause it is one of the best.


The overall reception had a mixed interpretation with some thinkingthat it was interesting while others thought that the producer hadpresented more violent scenes. More important, a look at Crowther andMorgenstern’s first review shows how they were against the use ofexplicit violence to prove that the robbers were dangerous. It isevident that previous violent movies were used to portraying violencein moderation however, Bonnie and Clyde had ignored suchtenets and went ahead to illustrate the excess blood and wounds fromthe confrontation between the robbers and the police officers.Morgenstern’s second review disagreed with his first one and hisarguments also aligned with what Kael talked about. It seems likeKael thought that the producer had captured the audience and he madethem love the couple, and most people were even sad when the two weremurdered. Hence, she looks at the larger picture and urges otherreviewers to move out of the cultural cocoons that insist how themovies should not be too explicit. Instead, Kael underminesCrowther’s arguments and asserts that the society need tounderstand the reality, and such violent scenes might quench theircuriosity. In summary, the movie captured the events accurately, but,people wanted the movie to have less violent scenes and focus on thestory more.


Going through the reviews showed that the producer had created themovie accurately and people had to focus on the plot and the genre inoverall rather than an emphasis on the explicit violence. Thereviewers made different arguments about the movie, and that showedhow multiple people could have unique perspectives on a film. Theprocess was interesting since it provided an opportunity tounderstand the specific aspects that are entertaining in a movie andwhat are not. In fact, the research showed that a film can still havespecific issues that will be more presentable while others will notbe appealing to a part of the audience. However, the disagreementsoften help the reviewers in having a common ground where they willagree that a certain thing made the movie more insightful.

In particular, the reviews showed that the cultural context is animportant factor in determining how the audience will receive themovie. At that precise moment, it seems like people were not used tothe portrayal of graphic violence in the movies, and Bonnie andClyde was the first one to do so. Hence, the audience was shockedthat the film violated their social and cultural expectations. Thefact that the producer was able to take such a risk showed that hebelieved in what he was doing.


In conclusion, erasing the violent scenes could have made the movieseem more like a comedy rather than an action genre. Portraying thegraphic violence captures the reality that is evident when the policeofficers are hunting down the robbers. Perhaps, the scenario can evenwarn any young individuals from engaging in crime because they arefully aware of the consequences that might arise. Incorporating humorand the violent scenes was also an integral part of making the moviemore entertaining as well.

Works Cited

Crowther, Bosley. “Bonnie and Clyde.” The New York Times,14 April 1967,http://www.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=EE05E7DF173CE361BC4C52DFB266838C679EDE.Accessed 27 March 2017.

Kael, Pauline. “Review of Bonnie and Clyde.” The New Yorker,21 Oct. 1967,https://docs.google.com/document/d/1voLZ5vVxf9ed4r9Rnhet4N_n92cOnlz_cGi3PXDgYCc/edit.Accessed 27 March 2017.

Morgenstern, Joseph. “2nd Review of Bonnie and Clyde.”Newsweek, 21 Aug. 1967,https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByizhtJrW4EmTVBwTE5VaVh5eTg/view.Accessed 27 March 2017.

Morgenstern, Joseph. “Review of Bonnie and Clyde.” Newsweek,21 Aug. 1967,https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByizhtJrW4EmQmxRRGljT095SVU/view.Accessed 27 March 2017.