The Mustang Reviews

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September 23, 2019
[Their] connection is so wondrous and quietly powerful... This is lovely.
August 31, 2019
Animals have been coaxing the soft side out of tough guys since Clint Eastwood co-starred with an orangutan, yet there's still something poignant about this meathead engaging with a warmer world.
August 30, 2019
While more modest in scale, this might be the most humane addition to the genre since The Shawshank Redemption.
August 30, 2019
Manages to be inspirational without going Disney.
March 29, 2019
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.
March 28, 2019
It's worth seeking out... as both a portrait of a prison program few are aware of and a powerful character study.
March 27, 2019
It is handsomely shot, affectingly acted, and narratively predictable.
March 27, 2019
A stringent tale of a struggle for redemption.
March 21, 2019
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.
March 21, 2019
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.
March 20, 2019
That sophistication in filmmaking and storytelling wins out in the end. The answers don't come easy, and when they do they're more than a little heartbreaking. "The Mustang" is all the better for it.
March 20, 2019
Within no more than a minute of screen time, we know that director Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre has authority and vision, and that we are watching a good movie.
March 16, 2019
It's Schoenaerts, one of this generation's finest actors, who makes "The Mustang" a moving look at human potential for redemption and rehabilitation.
March 16, 2019
A testament to the worthy stories yet to be told about the healing, unbreakable bonds between tormented people and the misunderstood animals that come to their rescue.
March 15, 2019
I've been lucky enough to see equine therapy up close, and The Mustang brought the sensation back of having to slow down and breathe with a horse and in the process leave yourself behind.
March 15, 2019
Her film is about a relationship forged in a give-and-take that treats beast and human as emotional equals.
March 15, 2019
You can't help but be swept up by the sincerity here -- that and the sight of a hard man softening to a sympathetic nuzzle.
March 15, 2019
Filmmaker Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre's story of a troubled convict (an incendiary, indelible Matthias Schoenaerts) bonding with a wild mustang is a striking debut. Each time you think you have this movie pegged, it'll knock you for a loop.
March 15, 2019
The director has a good eye for semidocumentary detail, and the performances... all have the sharp tang of authenticity.
March 14, 2019
This debut feature by Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre opens strong, grows even stronger and, avoiding almost every trap, fulfills its abundant promise.
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