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Based on 20 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Blackthorn imagines a scenario for Butch's later years and gives us a different kind of Western - somber, reflective and set in the elevated plains and salt flats of Bolivia. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Watching Shepard work his pony down a snaking mountain pass, playing a mandolin and singing the blues, or seeing him sitting, stone-still, beneath a railroad water tank, waiting for something to happen - these are scenes to be cherished, from an actor who has found the soul of the character he's playing. show more

  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Director Mateo Gill's autumnal movie has elements of other late-era Westerns in its blood, but it isn't easily pigeonholed. There are shootouts and standoffs, as well as great scenes like one between the grizzled, perfectly cast Shepard and Rea discussing the cost of criminality and the changing morals of old men. show more

  • 70
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    The actor (Shepard) delivers a beautifully understated, world-weary turn that largely makes up for the slow-paced film's longueurs, and which in a better film could be described as iconic. show more

  • 75
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    With Paul Newman gone, you couldn't ask for a better senior-citizen representation of Butch Cassidy than Shepard. In his best performance since "The Right Stuff'' turned him into a reluctant movie star, Shepard makes Blackthorn worth seeing. show more

  • 75
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Blackthorn is less interested in realism than in elegy, and in bringing this American folk hero in line with the Latin American places and people with whom he ended his days. Given a choice between the legend and the facts, Gil and Barros make up a new legend - and then gild it with light. show more

  • 75
    Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    In place of a rousing adventure, Blackthorn is a haunting ode. show more

  • 50
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The first-time director is Mateo Gil, known for the screenplays of "Open Your Eyes," "The Sea Inside" and "Agora." Ironic, that the film's weakness is its screenplay. show more

  • 38
    Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post

    Blackthorn feels less like a proper sequel to "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," which it purports to be, than a coattail rider. show more

  • 38
    Nick Schager Slant Magazine

    Blackthorn's last-man-standing circumstances, far from a cautionary tale about the cost of the gunslinger life, are glorified as the height of macho nobility. show more

  • December 27, 2011 ay00000000109444
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    I can sum up this movie in three words, BORING, BORING, and BORING. Don\'t beleive all the good reviews, they\'re from those artsy types (ore more accurately the artsy wannabes) who see good cinematorgraphy and think OMG I\'ve got to give this a good review even though it bored me to death. This western is boring and draggy, torture to watch, and the the intended plot never hits its mark.

  • October 08, 2011 charllaughn
    Report This User

    Let Down.

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