• Dreamer
    2 minutes 30 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008


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Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Too obvious, too trite and too sentimental to ever be more than Seabiscuit for tweens.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

October 21, 2005
James Berardinelli
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I have seen enough movies to know that 'wholesome' does not have to equate to 'unoriginal.' Yet there's not an inventive moment in the entire film.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

October 20, 2005
Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine

A sample of wholesome family entertainment that makes this critic thank God for David Lynch.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

October 19, 2005
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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This DreamWorks release recycles just about every sentimental ploy and cliche from a raft of horse racing movies.

September 9, 2005
Kit Bowen

As yet another underdog/family flick that tugs mercilessly at our heart strings, it just doesn't offer anything new and exciting in this well-worn genre.

Full Review Source: Hollywood.com | Original Score: 2/4

October 21, 2005
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 2/5

May 12, 2006
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly

Bland family fare that goes down easy but neither edifies nor challenges.

| Original Score: '2/4'

October 21, 2005
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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Some movies about horses take us for exhilarating rides, but Dreamer circles a well-worn trail again and again and doesn't know when to head for the barn.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3/5

October 20, 2005
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

This is a slow track of wish-fullfillment fantasy and all who come through the turnstiles will wear a happy face.

Full Review Source: Cinema Signals | Original Score: 3/5

November 15, 2005

Seabiscuit-Lite (half the emotional impact and half as satisfying as the regular inspiration film).

Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 22, 2005
Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
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The predictability of Dreamer makes it more likely to please those predisposed to the story line than to win any new fans to the equine romance genre.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: C

October 20, 2005
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Triumphant coming-of-age drama (complete with horses!) [aimed] at little girls and their captive-audience fathers.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

October 22, 2005
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

...a well-acted chunk of Velveeta.

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October 19, 2005
Sean O'Connell
Charlotte Weekly

Mildly pleasant, but never once does it surprise us.

| Original Score: 2/4

October 25, 2005
Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly
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The forced family dynamics just drag the movie down.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C+

October 19, 2005
Hanh Nguyen

Full Review Source: Zap2it.com | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 29, 2005
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

Solid work by Kurt Russell, Dakota Fanning, Kris Kristofferson and the equally sincere Elisabeth Shue can't win the race against a lame script.

October 21, 2005
Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
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There's nothing particularly inspired about the film.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2/4

October 21, 2005
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather

Dreamer: Still Better than Seabiscuit

Full Review Source: Film Blather | Original Score: C

October 20, 2005
Dustin Putman

Save for Dakota Fanning (who is marvelous no matter the role), there isn't a whole lot to enjoy or get involved in.

Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com | Original Score: 2/4

October 20, 2005
Leah Rozen
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October 21, 2005

AV Club
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October 21, 2005

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Baltimore Sun
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Boston Phoenix
December 6, 2005

Time Out
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June 24, 2006

Time Out
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