Blackthorn Reviews

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June 27, 2019
While the Bolivian landscape is certainly a sight to behold, Blackthorn feels like a cheap attempt at invigorating interest by exploiting a classic film character.
August 23, 2018
Shepard gives an extremely moving performance as Cassidy/Blackthorn, expertly balancing the traditional romanticism of life in the Old West... with a believable portrayal of an old man yearning to return home.
June 22, 2013
It's a perfect part for Shepard, and "Blackthorn" provides considerable pleasure just in watching him ride a horse and bark around.
June 19, 2013
This story, parboiled out of one of the most memorable Westerns, is supported all the way by Gil's directing.
March 14, 2013
With Paul Newman no longer with us, no other actor could have fitted so snugly into the legendary outlaw's old boots.
June 18, 2012
Sam Shepard delivers a terrific, dry performance as the older Butch Cassidy, his stoic view of life honed by years of reflection and self realisation. It's a well written screenplay and director Mateo Gil makes the most of it
June 18, 2012
Embodied effectively by a craggy Sam Shepard, it is not the physicality of Shepard that convinces us of his identity, but his character and the morals by which he lives
April 14, 2012
Offers a fascinating imaginary sequel to the story of Butch and Sundance.
April 13, 2012
A Western in possession of a social conscience, but without lapsing into preaching or patronising, this is an unassuming film in some ways, but ultimately it's self-assured, elegiac and sometimes strikingly beautiful.
April 13, 2012
A leisurely, elegiac production that needed a sharper focus.
April 12, 2012
A subtle film that balances drama with gunplay.
April 12, 2012
While Shepard is a classically, charming and grizzled Western anti-hero, his co-star Eduardo Noriega, above, makes for a stiff sidekick.
April 12, 2012
Blackthorn is a handsomely mounted film, with many an awesome vista and rolling plain, but compared to the quicksilver brilliance of its predecessors, it comes off as irredeemably minor.
April 12, 2012
Nothing more than a passable Western that makes you long for something memorable.
April 12, 2012
With westerns rarer than hen's teeth, and decent westerns even rarer, this is certainly one that genre fans should seek out.
April 12, 2012
It feels as unique as the way the ageing Shepard's eyes appear weirdly independent of the rest of him. He's a bird of prey gazing through the holes in a crumbling wall.
April 12, 2012
Lonesome Dove with a dash of My Name is Nobody and a side of Ride the High Country, but Shepard, Noriega and the exotic Bolivian locations mark Blackthorn out as a notable entry.
April 12, 2012
April 11, 2012
What really grabs the attention are cinematographer JA Ruiz Anchia's staggeringly beautiful Bolivian vistas, the riotously colourful backdrop against which Blackthorn tries to outrun his pursuers.
April 11, 2012
Engaging and enjoyable, this is an impressively directed, beautifully shot Western with a thoughtful script and terrific performances from Sam Shepard and Eduardo Noriega.
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