They Shoot Horses, Don't They? Reviews

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March 7, 2021 intriguing premise that's employed to mostly spellbinding effect by Pollack...
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.
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.
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.
September 26, 2005
December 21, 2004
Overblown, but good anyway.
November 19, 2004
March 23, 2004
January 19, 2004
A riveting parable about America during the Depression.
June 19, 2003
May 20, 2003
The movie is by far the best thing that Pollack has ever directed (with the possible exception of The Scalphunters).
April 23, 2003
Jane Fonda and Michael Sarrazin portray one of the more sordid depression stories about survival on a dance floor to bring home the bacon.
March 10, 2003
Bleak but exquisitely fashioned.
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