Running Free Reviews

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Randy White
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Cruel treatment of horses may upset some kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
This movie might have been more persuasive if the boy had told the story of the horse, instead of the horse telling the story of the boy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
January 1, 2000
For all its earnest effort and cinematic creativity, the core of this story is hackneyed and tedious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 2, 2001
Sumamente aburrida y con una partitura grandilocuente y melosa que no tiene nada que ver con la historia
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
January 1, 2000
Saddled with actor Lukas Haas, who delivers a lifeless first-person-or first-horse-narration.
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Robert Koehler
Variety
January 1, 2000
Running Free is the only evidence anyone will ever need to demonstrate what a ruinous trend wallpapered narration has become.
Gemma Files
eye WEEKLY
January 1, 2000
If you're looking for something child-appropriate that'll actually keep the little darlings awake for two hours straight, you'd do better ... and cheaper ... to just stay at home with the Discovery Channel.
Diane Selkirk
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 68/100
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Monica Eng
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
Until we really know what animals are thinking, it's probably best to leave talking animal stories in the care of comedic filmmakers.
Tor Thorsen
Reel.com
January 1, 2000
Though this scenic equestrian adventure has an great cinematography, an award-winning director, and all the pretty horses, it lacks a single original thought.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 1, 2000
Sober and handsomely photographed, this film is sadly undermined by its use of voice-over narration.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Liz Hottel
Citysearch
January 1, 2000
Suffering from way too much narration and a plot slower than a Clydesdale, Running Free is more like Trotting Bored.
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
January 1, 2000
Less than satisfying.
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Louis B. Parks
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Saddled with an annoying and extensive narration track, added for fear kids couldn't follow the story without constant guidance.
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Norman Wilner
Toronto Star
January 1, 2000
The human actors are colourless, the pacing lifeless, and the drama stillborn.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
July 24, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: C-

E! Online
January 1, 2000
The last talking equine, Mr. Ed, at least had enough horse sense to not take himself too seriously.

BeatBoxBetty.com
January 1, 2000
The sad scenes were beyond intense and far too long.
Cynthia Fuchs
Nitrate Online
January 1, 2000
Scott A. Mantz
Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 6/5
Chuck Walton
Hollywood.com
June 21, 2002
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
August 15, 2002
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Ebert & Roeper
January 1, 2000
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 1, 2000

Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
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