Nothing more than a passable Western that makes you long for something memorable.
| Original Score: 2/5
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?
| Original Score: C+
...a promising premise ... undone by uninspired, by-the-numbers filmmaking and the failure of charisma
| Original Score: 82/100
Butch has grown old? And homesick? And gets waylaid, and is back in action again? Was this trip necessary?
| Original Score: 2/4
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.
Mateo Gil certainly can be held responsible for turning the iconic outlaw into a paper-thin Clint Eastwood-Unforgiven cliché.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Watching the world-weary can get wearisome.
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.
| Original Score: 2.5
strips Cassidy of the myth, reminding us that even Paul Newman couldn't escape old age.
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.
A handsome but deeply fractured tale.
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.
Bolivia never looked better, but doesn't a film about outlaws deserve a faster pace?
| Original Score: C
The filmmakers didn't have a lot of options. In some ways the new picture feels like a boxed-in replay.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Despite a twist at the end and some striking scenery, this revival suggests that some legends are best left in peace.
"Blackthorn" feels less like a proper sequel to "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," which it purports to be, than a coattail rider.
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.
It's a perfect part for Shepard, and "Blackthorn" provides considerable pleasure just in watching him ride a horse and bark around.
| Original Score: B-
With Paul Newman no longer with us, no other actor could have fitted so snugly into the legendary outlaw's old boots.
| Original Score: 4/5