All the Pretty Horses (2000)



Critic Consensus: This adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's novel comes off as rather flat and uninvolving. Scenes feel rushed and done in shorthand, and the romance between Damon and Cruz has no sparks.

Movie Info

Texas teenager John Grady Cole finds himself alone in the world after his mother sells the ranch where he grew up, forcing him to leave the only life he has ever known. Joined by his pal Lacey Rawlins, John Grady sets off on horseback for Mexico where the cowboy life still exists. On their way south, the two precocious horsemen encounter a variety of adventures, pick up a sidekick-a 13-year-old misfit named Blevins-and eventually arrive at a hacienda where they are hired to break horses. There, … More

Rating: PG-13 (for violence and some sexuality)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Ted Tally
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 8, 2001
Box Office: $14.7M
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as John Grady Cole

as Lacey Rawlins

as Alejandra

as Jimmy Belvins

as Judge

as Dona Alfonsa

as J.C. Franklin

as Grandfather

as Girl's Mom

as Orlando

as Mary Catherine

as Mary Catherine's Fri...

as Prison Singer

as Deputy Smith

as Commandante

as Clapping Man

as Man at Car

as Judge's Wife

as Campesino

as Mother

as Singer

as Lieutenant

as Lieutenant's Man

as Lieutenant's Man

as Young Grady
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Critic Reviews for All the Pretty Horses

All Critics (115) | Top Critics (35)

McCarthy's novel employs the coming of age narrative in service of his sanguineous spiritual vision, and for the film to renounce that philosophy is to give up its soul and be rendered lifeless.

Full Review… | December 26, 2000
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Lovely but disengaging, mysterious but uninvolving, physical but strangely remote.

Full Review… | December 26, 2000
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Working from Ted Tally's casually artful script, director Billy Bob Thornton guides Matt Damon, Henry Thomas and Penelope Cruz to their most impressive performances in a major movie yet.

Full Review… | December 26, 2000
Detroit News
Top Critic

What is on screen is impressive, even with the sense of something missing.

Full Review… | December 13, 2009

Not a disaster as rumored to be, just a disappointing adaptation of a great novel. Thonrton fails to dramatize in visually or dramatically satisfying ways the hero's odyssey from innocence to experience, from childish game to acting with honor.

Full Review… | June 29, 2006

I'm a fan of all involved, but this is a really tough watch.

Full Review… | December 31, 2005

Audience Reviews for All the Pretty Horses

An ok film overall. Great aesthetics but the narrative wasn't really shown too well. I'll have to read the book and find out if that's McCarthys fault or the makers of this film. It had hints of a summer romance film but didn't quite get there which is a shame since performances were good.

Sophie Burgess

Super Reviewer

I thought that this was a really good movie, despite alot of bad reviews. I say this even though I am not a Penelope Cruz fan, but I AM a Matt Damon this probably helped my opinion. I think that he did a fantastic job. I thought that this was going to be primarily a love story, but it was so much more than that.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


Not really a western but a way of life. This is a graet flix, Matt plays an excellent part, not sure why I missed it when it was in the theathers. Worth adding to your collection

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

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