Los Angeles Times - 10/07/2011
"[T]here 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....The film reminds just how arresting an actor Shepard can be."
Box Office - 10/07/2011 3 stars out of 5 -- "[A] sexy, swagger-filled western."
Total Film - 06/01/2012 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he real draw is the performances. Noriega shines as the surrogate Sundance, while the grizzled Shepard, with a Newman-like twinkle, is at his irascible best."
Uncut - 05/01/2012
"BLACKTHORN exhibits a number of elegiac qualities befitting a Western about a man reaching a certain age in his life. Shepard summons up a mythic image of one of America's great outlaws..."
Longtime screenwriter Mateo Gil (OPEN YOUR EYES, THE SEA INSIDE) returns to the director's chair for his second feature, a continuation of the Butch Cassidy saga that finds the famed outlaw embarking on one last adventure in the quest to meet his son for the very first time. Twenty years after he presumably perished in a violent gun fight, Butch (Sam Shepard) learns that he has a son in the U.S. Returning home to meet his boy won't be easy, though, because a quick-draw cowboy (Eduardo Noriega) is about to take Butch on the ride of his life. Meanwhile, an obsessive ex-railroad employee (Stephen Rea) is closing in on Butch, and preparing to pull the trigger.