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All the Pretty Horses Reviews

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James Berardinelli
February 7, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
December 26, 2000
It has the truncated, jumpy feel of a sprawling epic novel shoehorned into a space far too small for it to comfortably breathe.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
December 13, 2000
People's personalities barely emerge from the shroud of mythology, reducing passion and conflict to set pieces with little emotional resonance.
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Todd McCarthy
December 13, 2000
Hopscotches from one condensed scene from the book to another, without ever sweeping one up in the journey or tapping into the mother lode of rich comedy that exists in McCarthy's brilliant dialogue.
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
December 26, 2000
Thornton and Tally aim for such fidelity to the material that they end up botching it.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
January 1, 2000
Misses the mark as a classic drama about coming of age....what we see on the screen is curiously devoid of soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 2, 2002
Those horses are as attractive as promised, but the film's snail-like plot caused me to lose interest early on.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
For a slow moving film, there was the contradiction of scenes happening too fast to be developed and fully realized.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
December 22, 2000
Faced with a choice of blunt instruments with which to beat a good book into a bad movie, director Billy Bob Thornton chooses heavy, random, arty imagery and a leaden pace.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
December 22, 2000
It's likely to leave all but the most ardent fans of Matt Damon and novelist Cormac McCarthy shaking their heads in puzzlement -- if they don't nod off first.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
December 24, 2000
This rendering is chillier than yesterday's coffee.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
December 25, 2000
A boy's adventure story that has mistaken itself for an epic, and it rattles around in its own ambitions like a child's head in a 10-gallon hat.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 26, 2000
Lacks an essential sense of purpose.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
December 26, 2000
Lovely but disengaging, mysterious but uninvolving, physical but strangely remote.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
February 7, 2001
Read More | Original Score: C
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 4, 2001
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
John Venable
December 31, 2005
I'm a fan of all involved, but this is a really tough watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 6, 2004
The movie that resulted from the studio's demand for cuts ... is a big-screen Cliff's Notes for the novel.
Full Review | Original Score: C
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
September 25, 2002's just so dull...
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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