...an elegiac, old-man's western...
—Rachel Saltz New York Times
...Shephard makes Blackthorn worth seeing.
—Lou Lumenick New York Post
—Mark Holcomb Village Voice
...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.
—Tasha Robinson Onion AV Club
...a paper-thin Clint Eastwood-Unforgiven cliché...
—Nick Schager Slant Magazine
...feels stale, cantankerous, and grandfatherly -- a lugubrious iteration best left in the comically tragic 'Live Hard, Die Young' attitude of its predecessor.
—Sam Kressner filmcritic.com