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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, directing his first film since the minimalist "Sling Blade" (1996), has a much better grip on the material when he's focused on the scruffy desert landscape and the adventures of the two Texans.
  3. The movie, for all its prettiness, manages to be shallow and portentous at the same time.
  4. Reviewed by: Sean Means
    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.
  5. 50
    Never really gets out of the starting gate.
  6. 50
    A botched effort. Not necessarily bad, but hardly compelling either.
  7. Most movies take a while to slip you into a stupor. All the Pretty Horses makes you groggy right away. Set in 1949, it's a lackadaisical series of vignettes apparently culled from a much longer movie that never made it to the screen. Be thankful for that.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. moniqueg.
    Sep 10, 2006
    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! Expand

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