Some people's stories are so interesting that a book or a movie adaptation alone simply won't suffice. Sometimes both are needed. Apparently, Rupert Isaacson's is one of them.
| Original Score: .5/4
True-to-life stories about the personal growth of attractive white people are all the cinematic rage these days ... and at its worst The Horse Boy seems both an invasion of privacy...and a cold-hearted attempt to cash in on a trendy topic.
| Original Score: 4/10
A quest toward an inevitable inspirational destination, continuing the recent trend of using precious theater space as dumping grounds for a-cinematic PBS also-rans.
| Original Score: 2/4
By failing to break new ground in the non-fiction genre, Scott misses out on all the dramatic potential Horse Boy has to offer.
| Original Score: 2/5
It's because the premise is so intriguing and the drama is so compelling that the result is so confounding.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
| Original Score: 1/4
In the footage taken after the healing, we never see Rowan, except when he is happily playing with his new friends or smiling with his parents. Is that the whole story? You decide.
| Original Score: 3/4
A sensitive and compelling portrait of the lengths one family is willing to go -- specifically, to the wilds of Mongolia -- to reach their autistic child.
Provocative and moving documentary focuses on parents of an autistic boy who take a radical course of action.
The strength of the doc is that is does not propagandize with a heavy hand.
A well-edited, profoundly engrossing, inspirational and thoroughly captivating documentary.
| Original Score: 8.5/10
Horse Boy is a valuable, stirring motion picture. It's a poignant step to understanding the mysteries of the mind and a critical, exquisite reminder of unconditional parental love.
| Original Score: B+
It's seldom that a film captures something as fragile as a transformation of the human soul, but this documentary of a family's journey to help their autistic child accomplishes just that.
| Original Score: A+
Inspiring, enlightening and affirmative journey into the mysteries of shamanism and autism.
| Original Score: 8/10
The Horse Boy isn't trying to provide any definitive answers about autism. It's offering intriguing possibilities.
| Original Score: 4/5
The healing odyssey, directed by Michel Orion Scott, provides a powerful look at the complex condition of autism and family dedication.
An extraordinary journey of the heart and spirit, and a stirring testament to parenthood.
| Original Score: 4/5
It recounts a deeply personal, highly subjective and inarguably thought-provoking story of one family's quest for a certain kind of peace.
A heartfelt tale of a family that traveled to Outer Mongolia to exorcise their four-year-old's autistic dybbuk.