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Blackthorn Reviews

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Liam Maguren
April 12, 2012
Nothing more than a passable Western that makes you long for something memorable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
October 27, 2011
The consequences, costs, and culpability of living life as a gunslinger are never really examined, which leaves us wondering: Why is the movie so damn broody?
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
November 25, 2011
...a promising premise ... undone by uninspired, by-the-numbers filmmaking and the failure of charisma
Full Review | Original Score: 82/100
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 13, 2011
Butch has grown old? And homesick? And gets waylaid, and is back in action again? Was this trip necessary?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
October 14, 2011
Not a bad concept, but director Mateo Gil and screenwriter Miguel Barros never quite find the handle and the movie peters out before Butch does.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
April 27, 2011
Mateo Gil certainly can be held responsible for turning the iconic outlaw into a paper-thin Clint Eastwood-Unforgiven cliché.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
October 19, 2011
Watching the world-weary can get wearisome.
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
August 23, 2011
Like many an Old West prospector's treasure, while Mateo Gil's movie has a good-looking gloss it's substance is more fool's gold that fortune.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5
Christopher Null
October 6, 2011
strips Cassidy of the myth, reminding us that even Paul Newman couldn't escape old age.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Rachel Saltz
New York Times
October 6, 2011
The filmmakers rely on Mr. Shepard to lend the character some of his mythic weight, but it would take an actor with greater range to make Butch more than a cardboard outlaw-saint.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Shawn Levy
November 17, 2011
A handsome but deeply fractured tale.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Andrew Pulver
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
Harvey S. Karten
August 24, 2011
Bolivia never looked better, but doesn't a film about outlaws deserve a faster pace?
Full Review | Original Score: C
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
October 13, 2011
The filmmakers didn't have a lot of options. In some ways the new picture feels like a boxed-in replay.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
October 4, 2011
This lightness finally overshadows the story's elegiac potential and leaves the toll of Cassidy's exile largely untapped, and even Shepard's magnetism can't lift Blackthorn above the status of cinematic lark.
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
October 12, 2011
Despite a twist at the end and some striking scenery, this revival suggests that some legends are best left in peace.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
October 14, 2011
"Blackthorn" feels less like a proper sequel to "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," which it purports to be, than a coattail rider.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
October 20, 2011
Although Shepard is perfectly cast as a world-weary outlaw reluctantly drawn into one more adventure, the movie doesn't quite justify the resuscitation of classic film characters for another outing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Will Leitch
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-
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
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
April 12, 2012

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