All the Pretty Horses
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Director Billy Bob Thornton explores coming of age in this Western based on Cormac McCarthy's prize-winning novel of the same name. John Grady Cole (Matt Damon) and Lacey Rawlins (Henry Thomas) are young Texan men who seek a more fulfilling life as cowboys in the slowly fading Old West, circa 1949. One night, the duo head for Mexico in hope of finding some adventure and employment, and along the way run into Blevins (Lucas Black), an even younger drifter who has supposedly stolen a horse from private property. Begrudgingly, Cole and Rawlins take him under their wing before they eventually… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 32%

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"Damon is 30 and Cruz will soon be 27, and they look it. And there goes the drama."
‑ Joel Siegel, Good Morning America
"What is on screen is impressive, even with the sense of something missing."
‑ Ted Murphy, Hollywood.com
"The movie that resulted from the studio's demand for cuts ... is a big-screen Cliff's Notes for the novel."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"The result of what would appear to be a great deal of effort and some horribly misguided conviction is an extremely slow-moving train wreck."
‑ Ron Wells, Film Threat
"Those horses are as attractive as promised, but the film's snail-like plot caused me to lose interest early on."
‑ Betty Jo Tucker, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"McCarthy's novel employs the coming of age narrative in service of his sanguineous spiritual vision, and for the film to renounce that philosophy is to give up its soul and be rendered lifeless."
‑ Steve Mirarchi, Boston Globe
"Not a disaster as rumored to be, just a disappointing adaptation of a great novel. Thonrton fails to dramatize in visually or dramatically satisfying ways the hero's odyssey from innocence to experience, from childish game to acting with honor."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Despite a script which remains faithful to the sparse language of the novel, and some breathtaking cinematography, the whole production feels too lethargic."
‑ Tom Grealis, RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
"...it's just so dull..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"A film of infinite possibility that somehow got reduced to tangible mediocrity."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
"Lovely but disengaging, mysterious but uninvolving, physical but strangely remote."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"I'm a fan of all involved, but this is a really tough watch."
‑ John Venable, Supercala.com
"Part elegy, part romance, and part myth, it's a sweeping paean to the lost West, a dreamy chronicling of the end of an age."
‑ Gabriel Shanks, Mixed Reviews
"A soft, dusty, widescreen [old-school western]... an intelligent, sensitive drama with an epic scope, muted narrative and impressionistic heart."
‑ Brent Simon, Entertainment Today
"Unfolds carefully over an expansive canvas, with the same feel of involvement as a well-written epic novel."
‑ Ian Waldron-Mantgani, UK Critic
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