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Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story Reviews

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Neil Smith
BBC.com
October 25, 2005
Despite thoroughbred work from Dakota Fanning, by the time the movie hits the final furlong it's only good for the glue factory.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 24, 2005
A great family film.
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
October 24, 2005
A sugarcube of good intentions that works.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
October 22, 2005
The bond between Cale and Sonya changes everyone's lives, including the film's oddest convert, wealthy Prince Sadir (underused Oded Fehr).
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
October 22, 2005
Triumphant coming-of-age drama (complete with horses!) [aimed] at little girls and their captive-audience fathers.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
October 22, 2005
Gallop, don't walk, to a movie house for one of the most uplifting live-action family films in years.
| Original Score: 3/4
October 22, 2005
Seabiscuit-Lite (half the emotional impact and half as satisfying as the regular inspiration film).
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
October 21, 2005
For family audiences seeking easy assurance, moral certitude and, of course, moving scenes of a gorgeous, galloping horse.
Angel Cohn
TV Guide's Movie Guide
October 21, 2005
Charming all-ages entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
October 21, 2005
Lovely family film, which has a way of resonating in one's imagination for days.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
October 21, 2005
As a sports drama -- a genre that's gotten entirely too much play lately -- Dreamer is singularly unexciting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
October 21, 2005
The best girl-and-horse movie since National Velvet. Who's to say that Dakota Fanning won't have the career longevity of Elizabeth Taylor?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
October 21, 2005
The film's route to the familiar ending is appealing, largely because Russell and Fanning create such winning father-daughter chemistry, and the theme reverberates with undeniably rousing good spirits.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Timothy Knight
Reel.com
October 21, 2005
A family film that even adults may enjoy.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 21, 2005
It's to Fanning's and Russell's credit, and the filmmakers', that the formula never gets the better of the film.
| Original Score: 3/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
October 21, 2005
It trampled the curmudgeon right out of me.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 21, 2005
Too obvious, too trite and too sentimental to ever be more than Seabiscuit for tweens.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
October 21, 2005
There's nothing particularly inspired about the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
October 21, 2005
It makes a solid case that a wounded horse can heal a wounded family.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
October 21, 2005
Fanning and Russell are a perfect, sweet-and-sour pair. And, of course, the horse is absolutely beautiful -- which, in the end, is what this all comes down to, anyway.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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