Out Stealing Horses (Ut og Stjæle Hester) Reviews

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June 5, 2021
Out Stealing Horses is far too composed to be an outright failure, but it's precisely that modicum of understanding that also makes it such a lame, frustrating slog.
March 30, 2021
Depressive, yes, but also... Actually, it's just depressive.
February 1, 2021
The film attempts to delve into an interesting relationship between a father and son...but unfortunately, the more interesting parts of the plot aren't fully developed.
September 6, 2020
It's an honest film about a likeable guy, but is too subdued to get you excited.
August 26, 2020
Just an ordinary movie from Norway starring the extraordinary Stellan Skarsgard. The movie never reaches the level of his talent.
August 16, 2020
Skarsgård delivers a reliably compelling performance in the film's most poignant moments.
August 15, 2020
Out Stealing Horses is a solid movie that does a very good visual interpretation of the novel. Although the character of Trond is a specific person, the movie's themes about family dynamics and childhood memories can resonate with many people.
August 14, 2020
Moland's obvious model here seems to be Terrence Malick, and even if you find the movie underwhelming and confusing, you might appreciate its discrete moments of beauty, especially in the flashbacks.
August 11, 2020
Composer Kaspar Kaae's vibrant and unexpected score and cinematographer Rasmus Vidbaek's magnificent widescreen views of the harshly beautiful Norwegian countryside effectively immerse viewers in both aged grief and angsty adolescence.
August 8, 2020
Overflowing with internal and external conflict, Hans Petter Moland's Out Stealing Horses is a gently-paced, exceptionally-written, sensory experience.
August 7, 2020
Beneath the bleakness, there's a cathartic beauty in this incisive character study about guilt, regret, and mortality.
August 7, 2020
When the title of a film is more vibrant than anything you'll see on the screen, it's an issue.
August 7, 2020
The film uses a dizzying array of flashforwards and flashbacks within the flashbacks to reflect his tortured mind, set to an intriguingly timeless score.
August 7, 2020
There's some appreciable serenity and a lot of personal grief on display in Out Stealing Horses, but it's only visible in fits and starts.
August 7, 2020
Moland and team create the glimmering, lush and gorgeous memories Trond relives-too gorgeous to be exact, but exactly as gorgeous as needed to be memory.
August 7, 2020
...Out Stealing Horses is a barbed rejoinder to the optimism of coming of age movies, questioning whether our protagonist ever comes of age at all.
August 7, 2020
What Mr. Moland is after, in tackling an "unfilmable" novel, is evidenced in the visual tone, emotional content and Mr. Skarsgård's mutely eloquent performance.
August 6, 2020
It's melancholy and rather bluntly honest, for sure. It's also befuddling and entirely anti-climactic.
August 6, 2020
A melancholy permeates every frame of Moland's film and can be felt with every note of Kaspar Kaae's gorgeous score.
August 6, 2020
Moland relies on glacial pacing to underscore the sensuality before having his hero declare what's happening instead of simply showing it.
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