All the Pretty Horses (2000) - Rotten Tomatoes

All the Pretty Horses (2000)

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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.

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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, John Grady falls into an ill-fated romance with Alejandra, the beautiful daughter of a wealthy ranch owner. It is a disaster that leads to arrest, Mexican jail and a murder in self-defense-and ultimately proves to be John Grady's greatest test of maturity and manhood.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
Runtime:
Miramax - Official Site

Cast

Matt Damon
as John Grady Cole
Henry Thomas
as Lacey Rawlins
Penelope Cruz
as Alejandra
Lucas Black
as Jimmy Belvins
Miriam Colon
as Dona Alfonsa
Sam Shepard
as J.C. Franklin
J.D. Young
as Grandfather
Imelda Colindres
as Girl's Mom
Denes Lujan
as Orlando
Katie Harro
as Mary Catherine
Leeann Lyons
as Mary Catherine's Fri...
Julian Prada
as Prison Singer
Marc Miles
as Deputy Smith
Vincente Ramos
as Commandante
George R. Lopez
as Clapping Man
Brian Orr
as Man at Car
Jo Harvey Allen
as Judge's Wife
Julio Cedillo
as Campesino
Laura Poe
as Mother
Raul Malo
as Singer
Frederick Lopez
as Lieutenant
Ferron Lucero Jr.
as Lieutenant's Man
Manuel Sanchez
as Lieutenant's Man
Jesse Plemons
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
Hollywood.com

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
EmanuelLevy.Com

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

Full Review… | December 31, 2005
Supercala.com

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.

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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 fan...so 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.

itsjustme2004
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

½

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

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Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

All the Pretty Horses Quotes

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 (2 years ago)
Jimmy Blevins: At the gettin place.
– Submitted by Bobby R (3 years ago)
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 (3 years ago)
Judge: The trouble with a liar is that he can't remember what he said.
– Submitted by Frances H (3 years ago)

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