Blackthorn Reviews

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June 19, 2013
This story, parboiled out of one of the most memorable Westerns, is supported all the way by Gil's directing.
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
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 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.
October 28, 2011
It ain't Paul Newman and Robert Redford, but it ain't bad.
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 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
A different kind of Western - somber, reflective and set in the elevated plains and salt flats of Bolivia.
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
Each frame is a crystalline jaw-dropper that places the smallish actions of men within a vast canvas of lush jungle, lunar salt flats, Andean snow, and desert sand. The result is a pretty good movie that almost looks better than it needs to.
October 13, 2011
Shepard's performance is one to remember.
October 13, 2011
Butch has grown old? And homesick? And gets waylaid, and is back in action again? Was this trip necessary?
October 7, 2011
Mateo Gil's sturdy Western makes a nicely melancholy flipside to George Roy Hill's more rambunctious classic.
October 7, 2011
Director Mateo Gill's autumnal movie has elements of other late-era Westerns in its blood, but it isn't easily pigeonholed.
October 7, 2011
In his best performance since "The Right Stuff'' turned him into a reluctant movie star, Shepard makes "Blackthorn'' worth seeing.
October 6, 2011
If nothing else, the film reminds just how arresting an actor Shepard can be. Like Blackthorn, he's only gotten better with age.
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
Shepard sells it with a depth and a conflicted sense of remorse that pulls this folk hero down to earth.
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