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
  1. 88
    You can see how this movie could have been jacked up into a one-level action picture, but what makes it special is how Thornton modulates the material.
  2. Thornton and his excellent company summon up for us the long rides, dangerous companions, rites of passage, the mad love and, most of all, the special relationship between the man/boys that rode over the border and the horses that carried them there.
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 »