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90
The A.V. Club
With solid, stately acting, and landscapes that could convert atheists, The Horse Whisperer tugs heartstrings without seeming self-conscious.
88
ReelViews
A film as rich in its visual presentation as it is in its emotional resonance.
75
Entertainment Weekly
All the nuggets of spoken wisdom rattle around with a tad too much space and (at 2 1/2 hours plus) too much length.
60
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.
60
Chicago Reader
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.
50
It says something about this movie that Redford is at his most compelling playing opposite a nag.
50
The film finally seems to stagger under the weight of its own significance.
50
Dallas Observer
It's nothing more than a very long movie about someone, literally and metaphorically, having to get back up on a horse.
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.
30
It's punishingly dull for fully half of its two hours and 45 minutes.

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