All the Pretty Horses

Metascore
55

Mixed or average reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 29
  2. Negative: 3 out of 29
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  1. 60
    The movie's greatest liability is the familiarity of the material, much parodied since the glory days of John Ford. Unfortunately, Thornton's love for its iconography doesn't quite bring it to life.
  2. Reviewed by: Sean Means
    60
    All the Pretty Horses may end up being a good movie to watch on DVD, when all the footage is restored and we can see the subtle shadings Thornton jettisoned.
  3. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    60
    A movie of arresting pieces that don't harmonize into a satisfying whole.
  4. 50
    A botched effort. Not necessarily bad, but hardly compelling either.
  5. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    50
    A half-broken adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's great modern Western novel. Neither dull nor exciting.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    50
    As this year's literary adaptations go, Horses comes a lot closer to being a truly bad movie than "The Perfect Storm" did, yet it would be hard to argue that the two are not the year's most disappointing in terms of trampled hopes.
  7. 50
    It's like a tantalizing CliffsNotes version of what could have been.
  8. 50
    It doesn't help that Damon and Cruz fail to generate sparks or that the second half of the film, in which John and Lacey face hell in a Mexican prison, feels bluntly edited to fit a two-hour running time.
  9. Remains as flat as the Texas plains.
  10. 50
    Never really gets out of the starting gate.
  11. 50
    The film is too eager to please and falls short of the novel's tragic dimension.
  12. Reviewed by: M. V. Moorhead
    40
    It all feels disorienting and truncated, as if the script, by Ted Tally, who also adapted "Silence of the Lambs," was a harried summary of the book.
  13. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    40
    It limps, not gallops, across the screen for what seems an interminable stretch of time and leaves the viewer with precious little to show for the experience.
User Score
6.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Mar 19, 2015
    8
    Just a tad long, but overall a great story, and the scenery is way over the top. Well acted by Matt Damon and Henry Thomas, but felt likeJust a tad long, but overall a great story, and the scenery is way over the top. Well acted by Matt Damon and Henry Thomas, but felt like Lucas Black stole the movie. Felt like a throwback to the old westerns even though the set took place in the 40's, and a well written script to go with it. Billy Bob Thornton does a great job of directing and piecing it all together. Well worth watching and taking the time as the scenery itself is well worth the journey!! Full Review »
  2. moniqueg.
    Sep 10, 2006
    8
    I read a lot of bad reviews but rented it anyway. I was VERY PLEASED!! It was a great example of story telling. My husband even loved it and I read a lot of bad reviews but rented it anyway. I was VERY PLEASED!! It was a great example of story telling. My husband even loved it and he hates sappy girl stuff. I enjoyed it and am glad I didn't listen to all of the negative comments. I found it very refreshing. Billy Bob did a great JOB! Full Review »