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Flicka (2006)



Average Rating: 5.7/10
Reviews Counted: 78
Fresh: 42 | Rotten: 36

The rebellious protagonist will rally girls and children, but adults may find Flicka saddled with thin characters, over-the-top dialogue, and a plot that wanders into the countryside and never comes back.


Average Rating: 5.6/10
Critic Reviews: 28
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 13

The rebellious protagonist will rally girls and children, but adults may find Flicka saddled with thin characters, over-the-top dialogue, and a plot that wanders into the countryside and never comes back.



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Sixteen-year-old Katy McLaughlin dreams of fulfilling her family legacy by working on her father's ranch in modern-day Wyoming. But Katy's father wants more for her, insisting that Katy go to college. Katy finds a wild mustang, which she names Flicka, and sets out to make her a riding horse. But, Flicka and Katy are more alike than she could have imagined. Like Katy, Flicka has a disdain for authority and is not about to give up her freedom without a fight. But, Katy's rancher father, the


Drama, Kids & Family

Laurence Konner, Mark Rosenthal

Feb 6, 2007


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All Critics (81) | Top Critics (29) | Fresh (42) | Rotten (36) | DVD (10)

It's got lovely vistas, and earnest performances, and Allison Lohman... is very believable.

October 25, 2006 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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It takes a pristine gift for mediocrity to ruin Mary O'Hara's muscular children's novel about a wild boy and his wild horse, but director Michael Mayer has brought off the massacre with aplomb.

October 24, 2006 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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Set against the gorgeous backdrop of a Wyoming mountain range, [Flicka] offers up fantasy footage for every strong-willed girl who ever straddled a saddle.

October 20, 2006 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Alison Lohman, the 27-year-old actress who plays Katy, makes the whole thing worth watching.

October 20, 2006 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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This Flicka may not be a classic, but it's a nice afternoon's entertainment, particularly for girls who ride wild horses in their dreams.

October 20, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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The apparent lesson of the movie? Keep disobeying your parents and you'll eventually get your way.

October 20, 2006 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Classic book gallops to the big screen.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media entirely needless piece of work.

April 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Perhaps the children will enjoy this, but I was just choked by the corniness...

September 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

If it's going to be a paint-by-numbers plot then there should be an emotional core to hang it on.

April 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Calgary Movies
Calgary Movies

With Flicka, young ladies who weren't in the market for Brokeback Mountain get their own chance to drool over the wide open spaces and awe-inspiring mountains of Wyoming, if they can avert their gaze from the gorgeous horses, that is.

December 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

A girl and a horse: that's love. What more can we want?

November 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Compuserve

A skillfully told, beautifully shot coming-of-age story.

November 6, 2006

An engrossing and beautifully acted remake that salutes horses, freedom, and familial love in ways that stir the heart.

November 5, 2006 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

It's about wild horses representing a special sort of speed, force, and freedom, beyond Wild West shows and shootouts and men with no names.

October 30, 2006 Full Review Source: PopMatters

Ultimately, the entire endeavor seems like an effort to cash in on a predictably bankable tale.

October 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

If you seek high-quality family entertainment, you have a friend in "Flicka."

October 29, 2006 Full Review
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Maria Bello's skill and onscreen presence speak volumes about the mother's thoughts and feelings, even when the script leaves her high and dry.

October 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

This is a genuinely nice movie that wears its old-fashioned values proudly, and I had a good time watching it. Flicka is for the teenage girl in all of us.

October 27, 2006 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

Flicka's simplicity may be its best attribute.

October 27, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

will surely appeal to young girls, and even the occasional grown male film critic.

October 26, 2006 Full Review

There simply aren't enough scenes illustrating the burgeoning bond between Katy and Flicka.

October 25, 2006 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Formulaic but family-friendly revision and updating of the familiar coming-of-age drama.

October 25, 2006 Full Review Source:

Lohman tries her darnedest to put some spirit in this rustic Flicka flick, but she's burned by the buckboard-wooden dialogue and by McGraw, who better keep the reins on his day job.

October 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

Audience Reviews for Flicka

Awful action; worse script. Shallow characters no one could believe or care about. I just wanted to grab the reigns and ride Flicka full-trot to the glue factory. A total waste of time. I was mostly offended by the immoral message imparted to children which seems to approve sassing their parents.
June 7, 2013

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Quite great and heartwarming family movie with horses again. A teenage daughter (Alison Lohman) of the family's mountainside horse ranch has a good courage to care about a wild mustang with love and strength.
May 21, 2007
Dean McKenna

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    1. Katy McLaughlin: Because we are the same!
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