They Shoot Horses, Don't They? Reviews

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July 26, 2020
With a masterful visual style, Pollack builds a shocking, almost existential portrait of the limits of the human condition and the socioeconomic setbacks of individuals who cannot escape the circle of misery. [Full review in Spanish]
June 4, 2019
If there was ever a film that completely captures the utter desperation and despair of poverty, it's this one.
July 12, 2018
The film's problem is that it is almost an embittered celebration of exhaustion.
September 27, 2017
They Shoot Horses, Don't They? becomes not merely an incisive critique of the exploitation that celebrities are inclined to, but perhaps of capitalism itself.
June 17, 2013
It's depressing as hell, so it's not a movie I would watch repeatedly, but I'm sure glad I saw it. This is an important film about a time in America's history that wasn't so glamorous. You won't forget it.
August 15, 2011
There has never been a film quite so original as this, featuring a wealth of noted actors fighting for their lives in a dance competition taking place during the Great Depression.
May 26, 2008
The material is simple and irresistible, and Sydney Pollack stages it well (though without transcending the essential superficiality of his talent).
May 26, 2008
An allegorical, socially conscious response to the injustices of the Depression era.
May 26, 2008
A sordid spectacle of hard times, a kind of existentialist allegory of life.
May 26, 2008
Pollack's adaptation of Horace McCoy's depression era novel has not dated well.
February 17, 2008
Grim but compelling tale set in a Depression era dance marathon. Gig Young deservedly copped the Oscar.
January 4, 2007
Sydney Pollack's screen version of the powerful Depression-era dance marathon is extremely well acted, particularly by Jane Fonda as the suicidal actress, her first great performance.
June 24, 2006
The acting is strident and overblown, the narrative technique gimmicky and obvious, and the implication that the competitors' situation is a microcosm of a wider-reaching American malaise rather pretentious.
September 26, 2005
December 21, 2004
Overblown, but good anyway.
November 19, 2004
June 25, 2004
Dated, condescending moralizing
March 23, 2004
January 20, 2004
Overly melodramatic.
January 19, 2004
A riveting parable about America during the Depression.
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