All the Pretty Horses Reviews

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 26, 2002
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Globe and Mail
March 19, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 4, 2001
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
February 7, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Ebert & Roeper
February 7, 2001
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
February 7, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Steve Mirarchi
Boston Globe
December 26, 2000
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.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
December 26, 2000
Lovely but disengaging, mysterious but uninvolving, physical but strangely remote.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
December 26, 2000
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 | Original Score: 4/4
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
December 26, 2000
Whether you're familiar with the story or not, you'll have trouble feeling connected to it.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
December 26, 2000
Feels at once too slow and yet oddly truncated.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 26, 2000
Lacks an essential sense of purpose.
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
December 26, 2000
A string of gorgeous pictures whose visual impact doesn't nearly resonate with the potency of the book's.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
December 25, 2000
A boy's adventure story that has mistaken itself for an epic, and it rattles around in its own ambitions like a child's head in a 10-gallon hat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
December 25, 2000
In an odd way Pretty Horses has been too faithful to the spirit of this somber, fatalistic, melancholy romance, too much a stubborn ode to stoicism, to light any emotional fires.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
December 25, 2000
An elegiac, visually hypnotic film about love, honor, reverence for nature and the loss of tradition.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Paul Tatara
CNN.com
December 25, 2000
Matt Damon's earthy movie star performance is well worth seeing, but don't go in expecting a sustained sense of drama.
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
December 25, 2000
The weight of myth sits on nearly every frame of the movie like a 400-pound gorilla.
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
December 24, 2000
McCarthy deserves a better movie than this.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
December 24, 2000
This rendering is chillier than yesterday's coffee.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Lawrence Terenzi
Mr. Showbiz
December 24, 2000
It's as if Thornton and scripter Ted Tally are so concerned with big themes and Old West mythology that they forget they've got to present a real live cowboy in order for any of it to work.
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Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News
December 24, 2000
Comes close to evoking the book's haunting power, its comedy, wisdom and pain about childhoods passing.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
December 22, 2000
To be a really good movie, All the Pretty Horses would have had to have been almost twice as long. The way it is, it leaves too much out.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
December 22, 2000
The film's swift, page-turning gait carries us with it.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
December 22, 2000
It's likely to leave all but the most ardent fans of Matt Damon and novelist Cormac McCarthy shaking their heads in puzzlement -- if they don't nod off first.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 22, 2000
This is the kind of movie that's best to see on a big screen, where the size of the sky and the colors of the land can do their work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Sean Means
Film.com
December 22, 2000
It's like a bus tour of McCarthy's West, with Thornton the tour guide quickly driving past every landmark before his lunch break.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
December 22, 2000
Faced with a choice of blunt instruments with which to beat a good book into a bad movie, director Billy Bob Thornton chooses heavy, random, arty imagery and a leaden pace.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
December 21, 2000
These cowboys have to ride, shoot and live between three-dot ellipses.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
December 21, 2000
[Damon and Cruz's] onscreen chemistry would hardly warm a can of beans.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Amy Taubin
Village Voice
December 21, 2000
A choppy ride.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
December 21, 2000
A film of high ambition, deep devotion and dark, vagrant violence and beauty.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
December 13, 2000
People's personalities barely emerge from the shroud of mythology, reducing passion and conflict to set pieces with little emotional resonance.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
December 13, 2000
Hopscotches from one condensed scene from the book to another, without ever sweeping one up in the journey or tapping into the mother lode of rich comedy that exists in McCarthy's brilliant dialogue.