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All the Pretty Horses (2000)



Average Rating: 4.9/10
Reviews Counted: 99
Fresh: 32 | Rotten: 67

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.


Average Rating: 4.6/10
Critic Reviews: 33
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 25

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.



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Director Billy Bob Thornton explores coming of age in this Western based on Cormac McCarthy's prize-winning novel of the same name. John Grady Cole (Matt Damon) and Lacey Rawlins (Henry Thomas) are young Texan men who seek a more fulfilling life as cowboys in the slowly fading Old West, circa 1949. One night, the duo head for Mexico in hope of finding some adventure and employment, and along the way run into Blevins (Lucas Black), an even younger drifter who has supposedly stolen a horse from


Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Ted Tally

May 8, 2001


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All Critics (115) | Top Critics (36) | Fresh (32) | Rotten (67) | DVD (12)

Damon is 30 and Cruz will soon be 27, and they look it. And there goes the drama.

January 9, 2001
Good Morning America
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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.

December 26, 2000 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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Lovely but disengaging, mysterious but uninvolving, physical but strangely remote.

December 26, 2000 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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What is on screen is impressive, even with the sense of something missing.

December 13, 2009 Full Review Source:

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.

June 29, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

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

December 31, 2005 Full Review Source:

The movie that resulted from the studio's demand for cuts ... is a big-screen Cliff's Notes for the novel.

December 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Looking Closer
Looking Closer

Despite a script which remains faithful to the sparse language of the novel, and some breathtaking cinematography, the whole production feels too lethargic.

February 13, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

Part elegy, part romance, and part myth, it's a sweeping paean to the lost West, a dreamy chronicling of the end of an age.

December 31, 2002

The result of what would appear to be a great deal of effort and some horribly misguided conviction is an extremely slow-moving train wreck.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat's just so dull...

September 25, 2002
Reel Film Reviews

A soft, dusty, widescreen [old-school western]... an intelligent, sensitive drama with an epic scope, muted narrative and impressionistic heart.

August 30, 2002 Full Review Source: Entertainment Today
Entertainment Today

Those horses are as attractive as promised, but the film's snail-like plot caused me to lose interest early on.

August 2, 2002 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

A film of infinite possibility that somehow got reduced to tangible mediocrity.

February 6, 2002 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

Unfolds carefully over an expansive canvas, with the same feel of involvement as a well-written epic novel.

August 9, 2001

a beautifully filmed modern Western that moves at a quick pace, but feels clunky and ill-formed

February 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Although the visuals are consistently lovely to look at, the action is just as consistently unexciting.

February 7, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Comfortable in the saddle, but sadly confused the rest of the time.

February 7, 2001 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

All the Pretty Horses reminds me of a bad comedian telling a joke.

January 2, 2001 Full Review Source:

Thornton's directorial style is one of careful, loving devotion.

December 28, 2000 Full Review Source:

Exceedingly tiresome.

December 28, 2000 Full Review Source: Philadelphia City Paper
Philadelphia City Paper

It is fun to watch as entertainment and indeed as a work of art.

December 27, 2000 Full Review
Norman Transcript

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.
December 31, 2010

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.
October 14, 2010

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
October 23, 2008
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

I liked the scenes when they are sent to a harsh Mexican prison. The romantic storyline didn't interest me too much.
August 17, 2007

Super Reviewer

    1. Alejandra: I didn't know that my father could stop lovin' me. I didn't know that he could. Now I know.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (8 months ago)
    1. Jimmy Blevins: At the gettin place.
    – Submitted by Bobby R (16 months ago)
    1. John Grady Cole: Lacey once asked me if I thought God looks out for people. I guess he does. I say he's just about got to. I don't believe we'd make it a day otherwise.
    – Submitted by Frances H (17 months ago)
    1. Judge: The trouble with a liar is that he can't remember what he said.
    – Submitted by Frances H (17 months ago)
    1. Alejandra: I have no honor but my promise. If I lose that, what am I?
    – Submitted by Frances H (17 months ago)
    1. Alejandra: I didn't know that my father could stop loving me. I didn't know that he could. Now I know.
    – Submitted by Frances H (17 months ago)
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