Blackthorn Reviews

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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.
April 10, 2012
Shepard's crusty charisma gives this dignified genre effort its pulse: a growl-off between his Butch and Jeff Bridges's Rooster Cogburn is surely the next chapter.
April 10, 2012
Sam Shepard illuminated the old West - or at least the South American parts - with creaky charisma. He unleashes a growly old timer to rival Rooster Cogburn or Will Munny.
December 20, 2011
A Western about a cowboy vagabond who learns that you can't go home again.
December 2, 2011
Worth seeing for its Western-genre pleasures and for its truly awesome Bolivian locations, which function almost as a rebuke to those special-effects-oriented filmmakers who prefer green screen to our green planet.
November 29, 2011
This is a worthy addition to the legend of Butch Cassidy.
November 25, 2011
...a promising premise ... undone by uninspired, by-the-numbers filmmaking and the failure of charisma
November 19, 2011
Has good scenic photography and a grand performance by Shepard.
November 17, 2011
A handsome but deeply fractured tale.
November 1, 2011
Not only one of the year's biggest and best surprises, but it's the most beautifully photographed film I've seen in some considerable time.
October 28, 2011
It ain't Paul Newman and Robert Redford, but it ain't bad.
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 21, 2011
An elegiac take on the great American Western.
October 21, 2011
In place of a rousing adventure, "Blackthorn" is a haunting ode.
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 16, 2011
A speculative premise that revives the American folk hero.
October 14, 2011
With Blackthorn, director Mateo Gil and writer Miguel Barros deliver a solid western that's as simple, straightforward, and unadorned as its title character.
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' trails Butch Cassidy to Bolivia.
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