The Mustang

Critics Consensus

The Mustang finds fresh perspectives in a familiar redemption tale brought brilliantly to life by powerful performances from Bruce Dern and Matthias Schoenaerts.



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Roman (Matthias Schoenaerts), a convict in a rural Nevada prison who struggles to escape his violent past, is required to participate in an "outdoor maintenance" program as part of his state-mandated social rehabilitation. Spotted by a no-nonsense veteran trainer (Bruce Dern) and helped by an outgoing fellow inmate and trick rider (Jason Mitchell), Roman is accepted into the selective wild horse training section of the program, where he finds his own humanity in gentling an especially unbreakable mustang.

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Critic Reviews for The Mustang

All Critics (105) | Top Critics (26)

  • There's a Disney movie in here somewhere, but Clermont-Tonnerre has no interest in it. She's too busy steering her own course, and it works.

    Mar 29, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • It's worth seeking out... as both a portrait of a prison program few are aware of and a powerful character study.

    Mar 28, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It is handsomely shot, affectingly acted, and narratively predictable.

    Mar 27, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • A stringent tale of a struggle for redemption.

    Mar 27, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Like Roman, though, all I longed for were further glimpses of the life outside, where man and beast roam free, oblivious to any narrative demands.

    Mar 21, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • This film was developed at Robert Redford's Sundance Institute lab for emerging talent; he certainly found one in French actress Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre, here making an impressive feature directorial debut.

    Mar 21, 2019 | Full Review…

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  • Apr 28, 2019
    Except for leaving a few plot lines unresolved The Mustang delivers a very decent and enjoyable time in the dark. (4-27-19)
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