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The Horse Boy Reviews

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 24, 2009
It's because the premise is so intriguing and the drama is so compelling that the result is so confounding.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
November 13, 2009
The film's particular story serves as a powerful reminder to all parents that a child's unique strengths and personality may suggest the best path toward healing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jason Anderson
Toronto Star
November 13, 2009
The Horse Boy succeeds both as a provocative inquiry into the mysteries of autism and as a true-life adventure tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 5, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
October 16, 2009
The Horse Boy is a lovely, amazing, wonderfully provocative film.
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
October 8, 2009
An extraordinary journey of the heart and spirit, and a stirring testament to parenthood.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Kevin Lally
Hollywood Reporter
October 1, 2009
The strength of the doc is that is does not propagandize with a heavy hand.
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
September 30, 2009
It recounts a deeply personal, highly subjective and inarguably thought-provoking story of one family's quest for a certain kind of peace.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 30, 2009
A lyrical and stirring meditation on the mystery of autism.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
September 30, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
September 29, 2009
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.
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Lana Berkowitz
San Francisco Chronicle
September 11, 2009
The healing odyssey, directed by Michel Orion Scott, provides a powerful look at the complex condition of autism and family dedication.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Christopher Kelly
Dallas Morning News
September 11, 2009
The Horse Boy isn't trying to provide any definitive answers about autism. It's offering intriguing possibilities.
| Original Score: 4/5