The Mustang Reviews

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March 14, 2019
Stories of people who are redeemed by animals are a dime a dozen, and that's fine by me: Give me dozens! Even so, The Mustang, Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre's debut feature, is one of the better ones.
March 14, 2019
It shouldn't work - none of it - not the metaphor, not the wild horse, not what it all means for the wild man at the center. It does.
March 13, 2019
Even with its unusually restrained running time, "The Mustang" is a powerful and emotional journey framed by gorgeous sun-soaked shots of the stark Nevada landscape.
March 13, 2019
It's all well-trod territory. And yet-and here's another cliché-The Mustang breathes new life into most of those conventions, thanks in no small part to Schoenaerts and his remarkable work.
March 12, 2019
Whatever language he works in, Schoenaerts is a singular talent who can convincingly convey danger and menace as naturally as he breathes.
March 1, 2019
Mustang's tone can come off as too hard-baked, a minor-key study in tortured masculinity; but the cracks that it shows are worth waiting for.
February 3, 2019
"The Mustang" has an arc you can trace, but you will not, I promise you, predict the final shot, and it's a beauty - a tearjerker as delicate as they come.
February 1, 2019
De Clermont-Tonnerre shows admirable restraint, knowing that, in her carefully constructed frames, it can be enough just to get Roman's newly compassionate eyes into a close-up with the expressionless eye of a horse.
February 1, 2019
It builds instead of races, knowing that it's the accumulation of minor character beats in a film like this one that really matter.
February 1, 2019
Matthias Schoenaerts and a wild stallion try to tame each other in this stirring and poetic prison drama about a man and his horse.
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