Blackthorn Reviews

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Will Leitch
Deadspin
June 22, 2013
It's a perfect part for Shepard, and "Blackthorn" provides considerable pleasure just in watching him ride a horse and bark around.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
June 19, 2013
This story, parboiled out of one of the most memorable Westerns, is supported all the way by Gil's directing.
Andy Lea
Daily Star
March 14, 2013
With Paul Newman no longer with us, no other actor could have fitted so snugly into the legendary outlaw's old boots.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
June 18, 2012
Sam Shepard delivers a terrific, dry performance as the older Butch Cassidy, his stoic view of life honed by years of reflection and self realisation. It's a well written screenplay and director Mateo Gil makes the most of it
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
June 18, 2012
Embodied effectively by a craggy Sam Shepard, it is not the physicality of Shepard that convinces us of his identity, but his character and the morals by which he lives
Philip French
Observer [UK]
April 14, 2012
Offers a fascinating imaginary sequel to the story of Butch and Sundance.
John A. Riley
Electric Sheep
April 13, 2012
A Western in possession of a social conscience, but without lapsing into preaching or patronising, this is an unassuming film in some ways, but ultimately it's self-assured, elegiac and sometimes strikingly beautiful.
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
April 13, 2012
A leisurely, elegiac production that needed a sharper focus.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mark Adams
Daily Mirror [UK]
April 12, 2012
A subtle film that balances drama with gunplay.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Grant Rollings
Sun Online
April 12, 2012
While Shepard is a classically, charming and grizzled Western anti-hero, his co-star Eduardo Noriega, above, makes for a stiff sidekick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Andrew Pulver
Guardian
April 12, 2012
Blackthorn is a handsomely mounted film, with many an awesome vista and rolling plain, but compared to the quicksilver brilliance of its predecessors, it comes off as irredeemably minor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Liam Maguren
Flicks.co.nz
April 12, 2012
Nothing more than a passable Western that makes you long for something memorable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Aldridge
Radio Times
April 12, 2012
With westerns rarer than hen's teeth, and decent westerns even rarer, this is certainly one that genre fans should seek out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Antonia Quirke
Financial Times
April 12, 2012
It feels as unique as the way the ageing Shepard's eyes appear weirdly independent of the rest of him. He's a bird of prey gazing through the holes in a crumbling wall.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Adam Lee Davies
Little White Lies
April 12, 2012
Lonesome Dove with a dash of My Name is Nobody and a side of Ride the High Country, but Shepard, Noriega and the exotic Bolivian locations mark Blackthorn out as a notable entry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
April 11, 2012
What really grabs the attention are cinematographer JA Ruiz Anchia's staggeringly beautiful Bolivian vistas, the riotously colourful backdrop against which Blackthorn tries to outrun his pursuers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
April 11, 2012
Engaging and enjoyable, this is an impressively directed, beautifully shot Western with a thoughtful script and terrific performances from Sam Shepard and Eduardo Noriega.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Guy Lodge
Time Out
April 10, 2012
Shepard's crusty charisma gives this dignified genre effort its pulse: a growl-off between his Butch and Jeff Bridges's Rooster Cogburn is surely the next chapter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
April 10, 2012
Sam Shepard illuminated the old West - or at least the South American parts - with creaky charisma. He unleashes a growly old timer to rival Rooster Cogburn or Will Munny.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
December 20, 2011
A Western about a cowboy vagabond who learns that you can't go home again.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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