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The Horse Whisperer Reviews

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Barbara Shulgasser
Common Sense Media
March 29, 2016
Gorgeous, slow-paced '90s horse drama has mature themes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brian Orndorf
September 28, 2012
Maintains a spiritual atmosphere and decent hold on personal problems, keeping the long journey to the cure compelling, with enough flashes of Heaven on Earth to bewitch even the most disengaged viewer.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
July 13, 2012
Like Jaws, Carrie and The Bridges of Madison County, director Robert Redford's screen version of Nicholas Evans' smash bestseller has largely been deemed one of those rarities: a movie that improves on its source material.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 8, 2007
Curl your cynical lip if you want, but there's a place for heartwarming, life-affirming, even weepy dramas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Todd McCarthy
November 8, 2007
Directing himself for the first time, Redford has lavished his usual meticulous care on popular material that comes alive on the screen in ways that it never could on the page.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 27, 2007
We are not talking postmodern or even modern here, but the best kind of old-fashioned.
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
I found it to be a compelling, adult film that transports you into another world.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003
A lovely piece of filmmaking.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 16, 2003
This is a beautiful movie, but not for those in a hurry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
Robert Redford has done it again.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
Despite its flaws, The Horse Whisperer is a marvel -- in its artistry, its love of place, and its tender regard for broken hearts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 2, 2002
Tutors us in the art of slowing down, being present, and quieting the heart.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
Redford is obviously a romantic at heart, and he brings a light touch to the erotic moments in the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
What The Horse Whisperer loses in storybook romance it gains in rock-solid values and a stirringly profound respect for nature...
| Original Score: 4/5
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
A film as rich in its visual presentation as it is in its emotional resonance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
...there is a magnificence in his treatment here that dignifies what is essentially a soap opera.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

E! Online
January 1, 2000
Though a bit overlong at nearly three hours and with a curiously unsatisfying ending, The Horse Whisperer nonetheless taps into the spirit of the characters and their noble mounts.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000
The Horse Whisperer moves slowly and is patently manipulative, but it gets to you nonetheless. A colleague referred to the movie as the ultimate chick flick; no argument here.
| Original Score: 3/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 1, 2000
It even manages to avoid some of the movie clichés you'd expect to see in a film like this, and, surprisingly, subvert some others.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
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