The Horse Whisperer
The Horse Whisperer (1998)

After her fourteen year old daughter suffers a serious horse riding accident, a high-powered magazine editor goes to Montana to bring the horse to a legendary 'horse whisperer,' a person with a unique gift of being able to cure… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: May 15, 1998
DVD Release Date: October 30, 2001
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It might be a bit too eager to tug the heartstrings, but The Horse Whisperer is typically graceful, well-crafted Redford -- on both sides of the camera.

Todd McCarthy

Directing himself for the first time, Redford has lavished his usual meticulous care on popular material that comes alive on the screen in ways that it never could on the page.

Time Out

It's a film-maker's love letter to himself.

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Barbara Shulgasser
Common Sense Media

Gorgeous, slow-paced '90s horse drama has mature themes.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

This has loads of craft and honor but never quite takes off.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

That lack of identifiable passion is The Horse Whisperer's most vexing problem.

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Brian Orndorf

Maintains a spiritual atmosphere and decent hold on personal problems, keeping the long journey to the cure compelling, with enough flashes of Heaven on Earth to bewitch even the most disengaged viewer.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

We are not talking postmodern or even modern here, but the best kind of old-fashioned.

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James Berardinelli

A film as rich in its visual presentation as it is in its emotional resonance.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Like Jaws, Carrie and The Bridges of Madison County, director Robert Redford's screen version of Nicholas Evans' smash bestseller has largely been deemed one of those rarities: a movie that improves on its source material.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Red Lats
Lets see... I enjoyed the acting - including a young Scarlett Johansson. The story is good. Scenery is wonderful. I took off a star as the movie was an hour… More
Candy Rose
A mother hires a horsewhisper to heal her daughter's horse and in doing so repairs the relationships in the family. Good cast, including a young Scarlett… More
Jason Owens
Lots of people don't like this movie, but I've always been a sucker for a tear jerker drama film, and this is one of them. Redford's always been… More
Dean McKenna
This isn't a film, it's a symphony: a magnificent project that perfectly suits Robert Redford's taste, style, and abilities. The subsequent… More
Lady D'arbanville
A young Scarlett Johansson plays a good role in a story that has more depth to it that the title suggest. It does essentially lead to a love story, but the… More
Manu Gino
I like this movie very much. Great Cinematography and great acting by everone. The mother of a severely traumatized daughter enlists the aid of a unique horse… More