All the Pretty Horses - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

All the Pretty Horses Reviews

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March 19, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 4, 2001
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
February 7, 2001
Read More | Original Score: C
February 7, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 26, 2000
McCarthy's novel employs the coming of age narrative in service of his sanguineous spiritual vision, and for the film to renounce that philosophy is to give up its soul and be rendered lifeless.
December 26, 2000
Lovely but disengaging, mysterious but uninvolving, physical but strangely remote.
December 26, 2000
Working from Ted Tally's casually artful script, director Billy Bob Thornton guides Matt Damon, Henry Thomas and Penelope Cruz to their most impressive performances in a major movie yet.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
December 26, 2000
Whether you're familiar with the story or not, you'll have trouble feeling connected to it.
December 26, 2000
Feels at once too slow and yet oddly truncated.
December 26, 2000
Lacks an essential sense of purpose.
December 26, 2000
A string of gorgeous pictures whose visual impact doesn't nearly resonate with the potency of the book's.
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
December 25, 2000
In an odd way Pretty Horses has been too faithful to the spirit of this somber, fatalistic, melancholy romance, too much a stubborn ode to stoicism, to light any emotional fires.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 25, 2000
An elegiac, visually hypnotic film about love, honor, reverence for nature and the loss of tradition.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 25, 2000
Matt Damon's earthy movie star performance is well worth seeing, but don't go in expecting a sustained sense of drama.
December 25, 2000
The weight of myth sits on nearly every frame of the movie like a 400-pound gorilla.
December 24, 2000
McCarthy deserves a better movie than this.
December 24, 2000
This rendering is chillier than yesterday's coffee.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 24, 2000
It's as if Thornton and scripter Ted Tally are so concerned with big themes and Old West mythology that they forget they've got to present a real live cowboy in order for any of it to work.
December 24, 2000
Comes close to evoking the book's haunting power, its comedy, wisdom and pain about childhoods passing.
December 22, 2000
To be a really good movie, All the Pretty Horses would have had to have been almost twice as long. The way it is, it leaves too much out.
December 22, 2000
The film's swift, page-turning gait carries us with it.
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.
December 22, 2000
This is the kind of movie that's best to see on a big screen, where the size of the sky and the colors of the land can do their work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 22, 2000
It's like a bus tour of McCarthy's West, with Thornton the tour guide quickly driving past every landmark before his lunch break.
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+
December 21, 2000
These cowboys have to ride, shoot and live between three-dot ellipses.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 21, 2000
[Damon and Cruz's] onscreen chemistry would hardly warm a can of beans.
Read More | Original Score: C+
December 21, 2000
A choppy ride.
December 21, 2000
A film of high ambition, deep devotion and dark, vagrant violence and beauty.
December 13, 2000
People's personalities barely emerge from the shroud of mythology, reducing passion and conflict to set pieces with little emotional resonance.
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.