Blackthorn Reviews

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.
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.
November 25, 2011
...a promising premise ... undone by uninspired, by-the-numbers filmmaking and the failure of charisma
November 17, 2011
A handsome but deeply fractured tale.
October 27, 2011
The consequences, costs, and culpability of living life as a gunslinger are never really examined, which leaves us wondering: Why is the movie so damn broody?
October 20, 2011
Although Shepard is perfectly cast as a world-weary outlaw reluctantly drawn into one more adventure, the movie doesn't quite justify the resuscitation of classic film characters for another outing.
October 19, 2011
Watching the world-weary can get wearisome.
October 14, 2011
Not a bad concept, but director Mateo Gil and screenwriter Miguel Barros never quite find the handle and the movie peters out before Butch does.
October 14, 2011
"Blackthorn" feels less like a proper sequel to "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," which it purports to be, than a coattail rider.
October 13, 2011
The filmmakers didn't have a lot of options. In some ways the new picture feels like a boxed-in replay.
October 13, 2011
Butch has grown old? And homesick? And gets waylaid, and is back in action again? Was this trip necessary?
October 12, 2011
Despite a twist at the end and some striking scenery, this revival suggests that some legends are best left in peace.
October 6, 2011
The filmmakers rely on Mr. Shepard to lend the character some of his mythic weight, but it would take an actor with greater range to make Butch more than a cardboard outlaw-saint.
October 6, 2011
strips Cassidy of the myth, reminding us that even Paul Newman couldn't escape old age.
October 4, 2011
This lightness finally overshadows the story's elegiac potential and leaves the toll of Cassidy's exile largely untapped, and even Shepard's magnetism can't lift Blackthorn above the status of cinematic lark.
August 24, 2011
Bolivia never looked better, but doesn't a film about outlaws deserve a faster pace?
August 23, 2011
Like many an Old West prospector's treasure, while Mateo Gil's movie has a good-looking gloss it's substance is more fool's gold that fortune.
April 27, 2011
Mateo Gil certainly can be held responsible for turning the iconic outlaw into a paper-thin Clint Eastwood-Unforgiven clich.