The Horse Whisperer


Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19

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  1. Robert Redford, who for the first time stars in a movie he's also directed, has taken this soap opera material and treated it like something inscribed on yak vellum by the Dalai Lama.
  2. There are times when this leisurely movie seems so much in love with its own virtue and nobility that there's not much room left for the spectator.
  3. Curl your cynical lip if you want, but there's a place for heartwarming, life-affirming, even weepy dramas, and Robert Redford brings the best-selling novel about a traumatized teen and her wounded horse to the screen with dignity and restraint.
  4. 60
    The sticking point of the movie is its exorbitant length: two and three-quarter hours does seem like an awful long time to patch up a horse, and a movie that goes straight for your heart should not be allowed to fester.
  5. It says something about this movie that Redford is at his most compelling playing opposite a nag.
  6. The film finally seems to stagger under the weight of its own significance.
  7. 50
    It's nothing more than a very long movie about someone, literally and metaphorically, having to get back up on a horse.
  8. Redford's storytelling skills aren't strong enough to make the tale appear as seamless as it should.
  9. 40
    The Horse Whisperer is just the latest example of tab-A-into-slot-B moviemaking to come out of Hollywood, a weeper that's built according to a solid set of rules.

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