What is on screen is impressive, even with the sense of something missing.
| Original Score: B
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
I'm a fan of all involved, but this is a really tough watch.
| Original Score: 3/10
The movie that resulted from the studio's demand for cuts ... is a big-screen Cliff's Notes for the novel.
| Original Score: C
Despite a script which remains faithful to the sparse language of the novel, and some breathtaking cinematography, the whole production feels too lethargic.
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.
| Original Score: A-
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
...it's just so dull...
| Original Score: 1.5/4
A soft, dusty, widescreen [old-school western]... an intelligent, sensitive drama with an epic scope, muted narrative and impressionistic heart.
Those horses are as attractive as promised, but the film's snail-like plot caused me to lose interest early on.
A film of infinite possibility that somehow got reduced to tangible mediocrity.
| Original Score: short
Unfolds carefully over an expansive canvas, with the same feel of involvement as a well-written epic novel.
| Original Score: 3/4
a beautifully filmed modern Western that moves at a quick pace, but feels clunky and ill-formed
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Although the visuals are consistently lovely to look at, the action is just as consistently unexciting.
Comfortable in the saddle, but sadly confused the rest of the time.
| Original Score: 67/100
Damon is 30 and Cruz will soon be 27, and they look it. And there goes the drama.
| Original Score: C+
All the Pretty Horses reminds me of a bad comedian telling a joke.
Thornton's directorial style is one of careful, loving devotion.
| Original Score: A-
It is fun to watch as entertainment and indeed as a work of art.