The Horse Whisperer (1998) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Horse Whisperer (1998)

The Horse Whisperer (1998)

The Horse Whisperer



Critic Consensus: It might be a bit too eager to tug the heartstrings, but The Horse Whisperer is typically graceful, well-crafted Redford -- on both sides of the camera.

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Movie Info

After her fourteen year old daughter suffers a serious horse riding accident, a high-powered magazine editor goes to Montana to bring the horse to a legendary 'horse whisperer,' a person with a unique gift of being able to cure troubled horses. Romance blossoms between the sophisticated mother and the gentle horseman, leading to wonderful and tragic consequences.more
Rating: PG-13 (For a disturbing accident scene)
Genre: Western, Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Eric Roth, Richard LaGravenese, Terry J. Leonard
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 30, 2001
Buena Vista Pictures


Robert Redford
as Tom Booker
Kristin Scott Thomas
as Annie MacLean
Scarlett Johansson
as Grace MacLean
Sam Neill
as Robert MacLean
Dianne Wiest
as Diane Booker
Chris Cooper
as Frank Booker
Cherry Jones
as Liz Hammond
Ty Hillman
as Joe Booker
Jeanette Nolan
as Ellen Booker
Austin Schwarz
as Twin No. 1
Dustin Schwarz
as Twin No. 2
William 'Buddy' Byrd
as Lester Petersen
John Hogarty
as Local Tracker
Mike La Londe
as Park Ranger
Allison Moorer
as Barn Dance Vocalist
George E. Sack Jr.
as Truck Driver
Kelley Sweeney
as Nurse No. 2
Joelle Carter
as Officer Worker No. 1
Sunny Chae
as Office Worker No. 2
Joyce Anne Gilstrap
as Office Worker No. 3
Tara Sobeck
as Schoolgirl No. 1
Kristy Ann Servidio
as Schoolgirl No. 2
Marie Engle
as Neighbor
Curt Pate
as Handsome Cowboy
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Critic Reviews for The Horse Whisperer

All Critics (58) | Top Critics (14)

Directing himself for the first time, Redford has lavished his usual meticulous care on popular material that comes alive on the screen in ways that it never could on the page.

Full Review… | November 8, 2007
Top Critic

This has loads of craft and honor but never quite takes off.

Full Review… | November 8, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

We are not talking postmodern or even modern here, but the best kind of old-fashioned.

Full Review… | April 27, 2007
New York Observer
Top Critic

It's a film-maker's love letter to himself.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

That lack of identifiable passion is The Horse Whisperer's most vexing problem.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Gorgeous, slow-paced '90s horse drama has mature themes.

Full Review… | March 29, 2016
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for The Horse Whisperer


Lets see... I enjoyed the acting - including a young Scarlett Johansson. The story is good. Scenery is wonderful. I took off a star as the movie was an hour too long - especially if you are watching it on TV with commercials.

Red Lats

Super Reviewer

Lots of people don't like this movie, but I've always been a sucker for a tear jerker drama film, and this is one of them. Redford's always been both a great actor and director. This is the first movie I think of when I think of him as a director. Awesome story (it'd be even better if she'd stayed with Redford!) and perfect setting and scenery.

Jason Owens

Super Reviewer

A young Scarlett Johansson plays a good role in a story that has more depth to it that the title suggest. It does essentially lead to a love story, but the film is very long and the love story is not the main plot.

With likable characters and stunning scenic views, The Horse Whisperers is a watchable lengthly, but not one, I would demand people to watch.

Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

The Horse Whisperer Quotes

Robert McLean: I'm very believable as a cuckold.
– Submitted by Jesse K (2 years ago)
Robert McLean: I stood there looking at that horse, and I swear I felt like the same thing was happening to me. I could either fight the way things are, or I could accept them.
– Submitted by Frances H (3 years ago)
Tom Booker: Grace, this is Pilgrim's chance, and it's yours too.
– Submitted by Frances H (3 years ago)
Diane Booker: Tom's a good man. He's got a gift, I swear it's from Heaven above. But he's just a man.
– Submitted by Frances H (3 years ago)

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