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The Horse Whisperer Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 30, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
January 1, 2000
Admirers of Redford's previous (and best) directorial outing, Quiz Show, won't find any of that film's subtlety or smarts here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
November 8, 2007
This has loads of craft and honor but never quite takes off.
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
January 1, 2000
Yee haw! Turn off your brain before you watch it.
| Original Score: 2/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
January 10, 2003
For such a long meal it certainly isn't very filling.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Bob Bloom
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
Evans' original story, as well as Redford's pro-Earth campaign, are lost in unending travelogue-like vistas of distant horizons, majestic mountain peaks and dazzling sunsets.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
August 25, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
What's missing is spontaneity, soulfulness or any hint of mischief.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Madeleine Williams
Cinematter
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
Redford seems to have fooled himself into thinking the story of The Horse Whisperer runs much deeper than it does.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
As good as Redford and Scott Thomas are at the outset, they can't convey the passion necessary to make the affair believable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
That lack of identifiable passion is The Horse Whisperer's most vexing problem.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Cathy Thompson-Georges
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
The Horse Whisperer is a calculated heart-tugging machine, as soulless and efficient in its own way as Twister or Independence Day; instead of a 'thrill-ride,' it's a trip through the tunnel of love.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
January 1, 2000
There won't be a damp eye in the house.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
It's a film-maker's love letter to himself.
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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
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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Todd McCarthy
Variety
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.
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
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-
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
It tells its romantic story well.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/8
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