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The Horse Whisperer

The Horse Whisperer (1998)

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73

Average Rating: 6.9/10
Reviews Counted: 56
Fresh: 41 | Rotten: 15

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.

64

Average Rating: 6.3/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 5

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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Average Rating: 3.2/5
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Movie Info

Robert Redford directed himself for the first time in this romantic drama adapted from the 1995 best-seller by Nicholas Evans. Fourteen-year-old Grace MacLean (Scarlett Johansson of Manny & Lo) and her friend Judith go horseback riding in upstate New York on a winter morning, but their horses lose their footing on ice and slide onto a road, where Judith and her horse are killed by a jackknifing truck. Grace and her horse are also seriously injured -- doctors must amputate Grace's right leg --

PG-13,

Western, Drama, Romance

Richard LaGravenese, Eric Roth

Oct 30, 2001

Buena Vista Pictures

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All Critics (57) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (41) | Rotten (15) | DVD (6)

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.

November 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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This has loads of craft and honor but never quite takes off.

November 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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We are not talking postmodern or even modern here, but the best kind of old-fashioned.

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Observer
New York Observer
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It's a film-maker's love letter to himself.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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That lack of identifiable passion is The Horse Whisperer's most vexing problem.

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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A film as rich in its visual presentation as it is in its emotional resonance.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Maintains a spiritual atmosphere and decent hold on personal problems, keeping the long journey to the cure compelling, with enough flashes of Heaven on Earth to bewitch even the most disengaged viewer.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com
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Like Jaws, Carrie and The Bridges of Madison County, director Robert Redford's screen version of Nicholas Evans' smash bestseller has largely been deemed one of those rarities: a movie that improves on its source material.

July 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Curl your cynical lip if you want, but there's a place for heartwarming, life-affirming, even weepy dramas.

November 8, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Comments (2)
TV Guide's Movie Guide

I found it to be a compelling, adult film that transports you into another world.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

A lovely piece of filmmaking.

May 14, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

This is a beautiful movie, but not for those in a hurry.

March 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Robert Redford has done it again.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

For such a long meal it certainly isn't very filling.

January 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks
Nick's Flick Picks

Despite its flaws, The Horse Whisperer is a marvel -- in its artistry, its love of place, and its tender regard for broken hearts.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

The Horse Whisperer is a calculated heart-tugging machine, as soulless and efficient in its own way as Twister or Independence Day; instead of a 'thrill-ride,' it's a trip through the tunnel of love.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Tutors us in the art of slowing down, being present, and quieting the heart.

March 2, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Redford is obviously a romantic at heart, and he brings a light touch to the erotic moments in the film.

February 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

There won't be a damp eye in the house.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Evans' original story, as well as Redford's pro-Earth campaign, are lost in unending travelogue-like vistas of distant horizons, majestic mountain peaks and dazzling sunsets.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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Redford is attentive to small details that highly personalize his films.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire
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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.
June 10, 2012
Redlats

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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.
October 26, 2009
stormyweather980

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.
January 16, 2009
76Majikat

Super Reviewer

A mother hires a horsewhisper to heal her daughter's horse and in doing so repairs the relationships in the family. Good cast, including a young Scarlett Johansson.
January 11, 2009
thmtsang
T Tsang

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    1. Robert McLean: I'm very believable as a cuckold.
    – Submitted by Jesse K (8 months ago)
    1. 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 (17 months ago)
    1. Tom Booker: Grace, this is Pilgrim's chance, and it's yours too.
    – Submitted by Frances H (17 months ago)
    1. 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 (17 months ago)
    1. Annie MacLean: We lived all over.
    2. Ellen Booker: Sometimes it (home) is more a place on the inside than the outside.
    – Submitted by Frances H (17 months ago)
    1. Annie MacLean: Long before he used horses for his labors, he killed them for meat.The alliance with man would forever be fragile,for the fear he'd struck into their hearts was too deep to be dislodged. Since that Neolithic moment when a horse was first haltered, their were those among men who understood this. They could see into the creatures soul and soothe the wounds they found there. The secrets muttered softly into troubled ears. These men were known as the whisperers.
    – Submitted by Frances H (17 months ago)
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