The Horse Whisperer Reviews

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Brian Orndorf
September 28, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
July 13, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
November 8, 2007
Curl your cynical lip if you want, but there's a place for heartwarming, life-affirming, even weepy dramas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Todd McCarthy
November 8, 2007
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.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
November 8, 2007
This has loads of craft and honor but never quite takes off.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 27, 2007
We are not talking postmodern or even modern here, but the best kind of old-fashioned.
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
It's a film-maker's love letter to himself.
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
I found it to be a compelling, adult film that transports you into another world.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003
A lovely piece of filmmaking.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 16, 2003
This is a beautiful movie, but not for those in a hurry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
Robert Redford has done it again.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
January 10, 2003
For such a long meal it certainly isn't very filling.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
Despite its flaws, The Horse Whisperer is a marvel -- in its artistry, its love of place, and its tender regard for broken hearts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Cathy Thompson-Georges
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 2, 2002
Tutors us in the art of slowing down, being present, and quieting the heart.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
Redford is obviously a romantic at heart, and he brings a light touch to the erotic moments in the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
That lack of identifiable passion is The Horse Whisperer's most vexing problem.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Michael Dequina
January 1, 2000
There won't be a damp eye in the house.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Bob Bloom
January 1, 2000
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Rob Blackwelder
January 1, 2000
Redford is attentive to small details that highly personalize his films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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