Box art for All the Pretty Horses

All the Pretty Horses

drama, romance, westerns

This moving, rugged adventure combines drama, excitement and romance in an epic story of a young man's journey through love, longing, betrayal, loss and survival.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 13
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
3 out of 5

Adequate but disappointing book adaptation.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that a main character is dragged away and shot while his friends wait and listen. There is some prison brawling. After Alejandra sleeps with Cole, she loses her family's love. Frequent coarse language is used in conversation, but no extreme expletives. Cole lies to Rocha about riding into Mexico with Blevins and pursues a secret affair with his daughter. Cole and Alejandra kiss and swim naked (viewers only see shoulders). Later, we see them in bed together. Cole must fight in order to stay alive in prison. Both he and Rawlins get beat up, and Cole ends up stabbing a man to death. There is some gunfighting.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the violence in the prison. Do you think it was realistic? What do you think the aunt meant when she said that all a woman has is her reputation?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: A boy's adventure story that has mistaken itself for an epic, and it rattles around in its own ambitions like a child's head in a 10-gallon hat.

- A.O. Scott, New York Times, Monday, December 25, 2000


- Bob Grimm, Sacramento News & Review, Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Rotten: The weight of myth sits on nearly every frame of the movie like a 400-pound gorilla.

- Charles Taylor,, Monday, December 25, 2000

Audience Reviews

1 star

It's just so damn boring.. Just suck.. Billy Bob Thornton is not a talented director, he should stick as an actor.

- citawijaya, Thursday, September 24, 2009

4 stars

Not really a western but a way of life. This is a graet flix, Matt plays an excellent part, not sure why I missed it when it was in the theathers. Worth adding to your collection

- bbcfloridabound, Thursday, October 23, 2008

1 star

I liked the scenes when they are sent to a harsh Mexican prison. The romantic storyline didn't interest me too much.

- YosemiteSamFan, Friday, August 17, 2007