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Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story Reviews


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November 18, 2011
Leah Rozen
The Wrap
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August 5, 2011

Time Out
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June 24, 2006
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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A great family film.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

October 24, 2005

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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October 22, 2005
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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For family audiences seeking easy assurance, moral certitude and, of course, moving scenes of a gorgeous, galloping horse.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

October 21, 2005
Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
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Lovely family film, which has a way of resonating in one's imagination for days.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 21, 2005
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
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As a sports drama -- a genre that's gotten entirely too much play lately -- Dreamer is singularly unexciting.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

October 21, 2005
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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

October 21, 2005
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
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
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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It makes a solid case that a wounded horse can heal a wounded family.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

October 21, 2005
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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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 Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 21, 2005
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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Whatever its flaws, Dreamer is sure-footed, sure-fire family entertainment.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

October 21, 2005
Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
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Gatins is so worshipful of a child's starry-eyed aspirations that he forgets to ground them in narrative honesty.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 21, 2005
Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
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Treads a well-worn path that will likely feel familiar even to the newest crop of horse-crazy girls.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

October 21, 2005
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Absolutely solid family entertainment, Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story is corn-fed, wholesome and thoroughly satisfying.

| Original Score: B+

October 21, 2005
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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Most of what it lacks in originality, it compensates for in spirit, and its success is dependent on the commitment of the actors and the sense of family they evoke.

| Original Score: 3/4

October 21, 2005
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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It canters. It gallops. It clears fences of familiarity with grace. It stands two hands above most flicks bred for families, stirring pleasure at its fine-muscled gait.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 21, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Any girl (and a lot of boys) in the target age group are going to make Dreamer one of their favorite films.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

October 21, 2005
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Closer to Seabiscuit than to Racing Stripes. For that, you can thank the entire cast of able underplayers, most notably Dakota Fanning.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 21, 2005
Mike Clark
USA Today
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Fanning and Russell make this watchable family entertainment, if not necessarily at today's prices.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 20, 2005
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Yes, Dreamer follows a formula, but the formula, when applied with skill and intelligence, as it is here, is pretty much foolproof.

| Original Score: 3/5

October 20, 2005
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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
Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
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The low-key charm of its setting underscores the easygoing performances of a relaxed, well-matched cast.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

October 20, 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
John Anderson
Newsday
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It shows what can be done with overworked and potentially sentimental livestock fodder when everything about the production is first-rate.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 20, 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
Jessica Reaves
Chicago Tribune
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It's precisely what we expect -- no more, no less -- and in that capacity, it is supremely successful.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

October 20, 2005
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Though generally a formulaic girl-and-her-horse movie, the picture stands out from others of its ilk thanks to a remarkable performance by Dakota Fanning.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B-

October 20, 2005
Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
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A case study in how an unrepentant formula picture can be made to seem like it has nothing to be sorry about.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

October 20, 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
Ben Kenigsberg
Village Voice
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Viewers will be encouraged to sleep, to dream of better movies.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

October 18, 2005
Joe Leydon
Variety
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Modestly engaging but mostly unexceptional.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 13, 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
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Still manages to rouse spirits, in spite of everything.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 9, 2005
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