All the Pretty Horses

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Released 2000

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Director:
Billy Bob Thornton
Released:
2000
Rating:
PG-13

All the Pretty Horses is Billy Bob Thorton's (Sling Blade, Bad Santa, The Man Who Wasn't There) 2000 adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's (No Country For Old Men) acclaimed novel. John Grady Cole (Matt Damon, The Adjustment Bureau, The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, True Grit, Dogma, The Departed) is a young, carefree cowboy, suddenly cut adrift by the death of his guardian and grandfather and the subsequent sale of the ranch. Having lost his home, which is probably the only place he had ever lived, John recruits a friend, Lacey (Henry Thomas, E.T., Desperation, Cloak and Dagger, Psycho IV: The Beginning, Gangs of New York) to strike out for Mexico, where there are still some big spreads. Thus begins a gripping adventure and an unforgettable love story with a Mexican rancher's lovely daughter, Alejandra de la Rocha (Pen'lope Cruz, All About My Mother, Volver, Vanilla Sky, Bandidas, Vicky Christina Barcelona).

Metacritic Score

  • 70

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    The movie, for all its prettiness, manages to be shallow and portentous at the same time.

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    In an odd way Pretty Horses has been too faithful to the spirit of this somber, fatalistic, melancholy romance, too much a stubborn ode to stoicism, to light any emotional fires.

  • 50

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    A half-broken adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's great modern Western novel. Neither dull nor exciting.

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    Military & War, Love & Romance