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In Bolivia, Butch Cassidy (now calling himself James Blackthorne) pines for one last sight of home, an adventure that aligns him with a young robber and makes the duo a target for gangs and lawmen alike.

Actors: Cristian Mercado , Dominique McElligott , Pádraic Delaney , Nikolaj Coster-Waldau , Luis Bredow , Stephen Rea , Eduardo Noriega , Magaly Solier , Sam Shepard , Daniel Aguirre
Directors: Mateo Gil
Release: 2011-07-01
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  • Joe Williams

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

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    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.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    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.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    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.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    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.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Tasha Robinson

    Blackthorn could use more depth and less of a sense of weary inevitability, but it never lacks for the arid, vista-prone beauty of a classic Western, or for a sense of lived-in wear and tear that remains convincing even though it's more stylized than realistic.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    There is that allure of the Old West that is hard to resist, and there's plenty of grist in the story worth milling and mulling.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Mark Holcomb

    This modest oater should tickle western fans.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Frank Scheck

    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.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Ronnie Scheib

    Shepard delivers in spades, his character weary but just crackpot enough to survive.

    Variety Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    The film has a Leone eye (courtesy of cinematographer Juan Ruiz Anchía) coupled with a drowsy, doomy pace which, emboldened by the salt-licked Bolivian settings and the finely calibrated acting from all, makes for a phantasmagoric trip down a strangely different memory lane.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    Shepard is the whole show here, as weathered and elemental as the harsh Bolivian locations; the movie's best scenes are those that pit him against Stephen Rea as a former Pinkerton man who tracked the outlaws for years and can't believe Cassidy is still drawing breath.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Sara Maria Vizcarrondo

    It's a trenchant modern western and fans of the genre should embrace it for more reasons than just the presence of the epic Sam Shepard who, by the way, owns this Butch Cassidy.

    Boxoffice Magazine Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    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.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Eric Hynes

    Gil's alternative history gets one thing bang-on right: If Butch were to live into his senior days, he'd absolutely have to be played by Shepard. Wrinkled, leathery and densely carpeted in a salt-and-pepper beard, the 67-year-old playwright and actor still exudes intellectual mischief and hard-stare sex appeal; his self-styled ruggedness is a perfect match for an infamous gringo living incognito.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Shawn Levy

    The result is a handsome but deeply fractured tale.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    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.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Rachel Saltz

    The movie plods along self-consciously, and when the big twist occurs (you'll most likely see it coming), it complicates the plot, but not Butch, who remains a paragon. That's the problem with Blackthorn: it goes all mushy when contemplating its grizzled, out-of-time hero.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

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

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Nick Schager

    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.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
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