All the Pretty Horses Reviews

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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.
December 26, 2000
Thornton and Tally aim for such fidelity to the material that they end up botching it.
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
Conveys a deep, simple faith that doing the right thing is its own reward.
December 26, 2000
For all the authenticity, there's not much vitality.
December 26, 2000
A string of gorgeous pictures whose visual impact doesn't nearly resonate with the potency of the book's.
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.
December 26, 2000
The film just didn't 'sell' me on any of its main plot points, went on for waaaaay too long ... and seemed to get into various side stories.
December 26, 2000
A series of emotionally stillborn incidents.
December 26, 2000
The script meanders like a stray cow.
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.
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.
December 25, 2000
It can't overcome the fact that Thornton never found a way to turn literary style into a compelling cinematic vision.
December 25, 2000
Gorgeous to behold for both the cast and scenery but often disjointed and less then involving from a story or character standpoint.
December 25, 2000
An elegiac, visually hypnotic film about love, honor, reverence for nature and the loss of tradition.
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.
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