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Blackthorn Reviews

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Liam Maguren

Nothing more than a passable Western that makes you long for something memorable.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/5

April 12, 2012
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

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 Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: C+

October 27, 2011
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...a promising premise ... undone by uninspired, by-the-numbers filmmaking and the failure of charisma

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 82/100

November 25, 2011
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Butch has grown old? And homesick? And gets waylaid, and is back in action again? Was this trip necessary?

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

October 13, 2011
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

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.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

October 14, 2011
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

Mateo Gil certainly can be held responsible for turning the iconic outlaw into a paper-thin Clint Eastwood-Unforgiven cliché.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 27, 2011
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper

Watching the world-weary can get wearisome.

Full Review Source: Washington City Paper

October 19, 2011
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

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 Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 2.5

August 23, 2011
Christopher Null

strips Cassidy of the myth, reminding us that even Paul Newman couldn't escape old age.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/5

October 6, 2011
Rachel Saltz
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

October 6, 2011
Shawn Levy

A handsome but deeply fractured tale.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: C+

November 17, 2011
Andrew Pulver

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 Source: Guardian | Original Score: 2/5

April 12, 2012
Harvey S. Karten

Bolivia never looked better, but doesn't a film about outlaws deserve a faster pace?

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: C

August 24, 2011
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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The filmmakers didn't have a lot of options. In some ways the new picture feels like a boxed-in replay.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 13, 2011
Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

October 4, 2011
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix

Despite a twist at the end and some striking scenery, this revival suggests that some legends are best left in peace.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 2/4

October 12, 2011
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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"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 Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

October 14, 2011
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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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 Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 20, 2011
Will Leitch

It's a perfect part for Shepard, and "Blackthorn" provides considerable pleasure just in watching him ride a horse and bark around.

Full Review Source: Deadspin | Original Score: B-

June 22, 2013
Andy Lea
Daily Star

With Paul Newman no longer with us, no other actor could have fitted so snugly into the legendary outlaw's old boots.

Full Review Source: Daily Star | Original Score: 4/5

March 14, 2013
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
April 12, 2012
Mark Kermode
BBC Radio Five Live
April 24, 2012

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