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Blackthorn Reviews

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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.
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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
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 28, 2011
It ain't Paul Newman and Robert Redford, but it ain't bad.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 21, 2011
In place of a rousing adventure, "Blackthorn" is a haunting ode.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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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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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 13, 2011
A different kind of Western - somber, reflective and set in the elevated plains and salt flats of Bolivia.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 13, 2011
Each frame is a crystalline jaw-dropper that places the smallish actions of men within a vast canvas of lush jungle, lunar salt flats, Andean snow, and desert sand. The result is a pretty good movie that almost looks better than it needs to.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 13, 2011
Spanish director Mateo Gil reappraises the last desperado's legend in a funny, violent examination of America and American cowboy films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 13, 2011
Shepard's performance is one to remember.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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William Goss
Film.com
October 7, 2011
Mateo Gil's sturdy Western makes a nicely melancholy flipside to George Roy Hill's more rambunctious classic.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
October 7, 2011
Director Mateo Gill's autumnal movie has elements of other late-era Westerns in its blood, but it isn't easily pigeonholed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 7, 2011
In his best performance since "The Right Stuff'' turned him into a reluctant movie star, Shepard makes "Blackthorn'' worth seeing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
October 6, 2011
If nothing else, the film reminds just how arresting an actor Shepard can be. Like Blackthorn, he's only gotten better with age.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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
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October 6, 2011
Shepard sells it with a depth and a conflicted sense of remorse that pulls this folk hero down to earth.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.8/10
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
October 6, 2011
It never lacks for the arid, vista-prone beauty of a classic Western, or for a sense of lived-in wear and tear that remains convincing even though it's more stylized than realistic.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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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.
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Eric Hynes
Time Out
October 4, 2011
Gil's alternative history gets one thing bang-on right: If Butch were to live into his senior days, he'd absolutely have to be played by Shepard.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
May 6, 2011
Shepard delivers in spades, his character weary but just crackpot enough to survive.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
April 25, 2011
[Sam Shepard] delivers a beautifully understated, world-weary turn that largely makes up for the slow-paced film's longueurs, and which in a better film could be described as iconic.