All the Pretty Horses
All the Pretty Horses (2000)

Texas teenager John Grady Cole finds himself alone in the world after his mother sells the ranch where he grew up, forcing him to leave the only life he has ever known. Joined by his pal Lacey Rawlins, John Grady sets off on horseback for… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 25, 2000
DVD Release Date: May 8, 2001
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Critic Score: 32% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's novel comes off as rather flat and uninvolving. Scenes feel rushed and done in shorthand, and the romance between Damon and Cruz has no sparks.

Steve Mirarchi
Boston Globe

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.

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Ted Murphy

What is on screen is impressive, even with the sense of something missing.

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Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

The movie that resulted from the studio's demand for cuts ... is a big-screen Cliff's Notes for the novel.

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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

Lovely but disengaging, mysterious but uninvolving, physical but strangely remote.

Emanuel Levy

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.

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Tom Grealis
RTÉ (Ireland)

Despite a script which remains faithful to the sparse language of the novel, and some breathtaking cinematography, the whole production feels too lethargic.

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Susan Stark
Detroit News

Working from Ted Tally's casually artful script, director Billy Bob Thornton guides Matt Damon, Henry Thomas and Penelope Cruz to their most impressive performances in a major movie yet.

John Venable

I'm a fan of all involved, but this is a really tough watch.

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Gabriel Shanks
Mixed Reviews

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 42% Flixster User Reviews
Sophie Burgess
An ok film overall. Great aesthetics but the narrative wasn't really shown too well. I'll have to read the book and find out if that's McCarthys… More
Lafe Fredbjornson
I liked the scenes when they are sent to a harsh Mexican prison. The romantic storyline didn't interest me too much.
Cynthia S.
I thought that this was a really good movie, despite alot of bad reviews. I say this even though I am not a Penelope Cruz fan, but I AM a Matt Damon… More
Cameron Johnson
Billy Bob Thornton must be some kind of self-hating redneck, because his films are so redneck that they're just plain offensive. Seriously, in "Sling… More
Bruce Bruce
Not really a western but a way of life. This is a graet flix, Matt plays an excellent part, not sure why I missed it when it was in the theathers. Worth adding… More
Sarah Prisbylla
As in most of these cases, I liked the book better. This movie stayed pretty close to the book though, which for me is always a plus. I thought it was good, but… More