Flicka Reviews

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 25, 2006
It's got lovely vistas, and earnest performances, and Allison Lohman... is very believable.
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
October 24, 2006
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.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 21, 2006
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
October 20, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Daphne Gordon
Toronto Star
October 20, 2006
Alison Lohman, the 27-year-old actress who plays Katy, makes the whole thing worth watching.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
October 20, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
October 20, 2006
The apparent lesson of the movie? Keep disobeying your parents and you'll eventually get your way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 20, 2006
Flicka is a bronc you shouldn't put money on.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 20, 2006
A perfectly pleasant updating of the story, well-acted, nicely directed and beautifully photographed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
October 20, 2006
Often very beautiful looking, but gracelessly directed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 20, 2006
A movie which seems designed to do nothing more than feature some pretty pictures of horses and possibly move a few units of a tie-in soundtrack.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 20, 2006
Flicka is a new version of the family classic about a teenager and a wild horse that's as misconceived as it is corny and predictable.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
October 20, 2006
Horse-mad tweens may not notice its flaws, but with a defter touch, even this familiar story might have made for a more exciting ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
October 20, 2006
The latest version of this beloved kid-loves-horse story has everything a film requires to attract an equine-crazy audience of all ages.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Gilmour
Globe and Mail
October 20, 2006
As things progress, the magic of the story asserts itself over the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
October 20, 2006
A guaranteed tearjerker.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
October 20, 2006
This is the kind of movie that many families are looking for, but all too rarely receive.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
October 20, 2006
Alison Lohman is appropriately tousled as the rebellious teen, who identifies with the horse she's struggling to tame, but her performance is alternately shrill and pouty.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 20, 2006
[A] lovably corny adaptation of Mary O'Hara's grade-school classic, My Friend Flicka.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
October 19, 2006
A well-made family drama pitched to young adults that's honest, tough and surprisingly engaging.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
October 19, 2006
Girl meets horse yet again in this entertainingly ridiculous update of Mary O'Hara's 1941 childrens novel, My Friend Flicka.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Annemarie Moody
Arizona Republic
October 19, 2006
Breathtaking scenery and the sweet story of a girl, her dad and a special horse make Flicka a worthwhile family flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 19, 2006
Sentimental but not cloying, Flicka is family-friendly entertainment that hits almost all the right notes, even though it is playing the same old song.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
October 19, 2006
At its best, the movie sounds like a standard Hollywood product in an automatic heartfelt mode.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
October 19, 2006
Not to beat, well, a dead horse, but, despite its lovely scenery, likable cast and pro-mustang message, this Flicka seems superfluous and manipulative.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
October 18, 2006
A thoroughly uninspiring drama that ultimately buckles under Michael Mayer's weighty direction.
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Scott Brown
Entertainment Weekly
October 18, 2006
A new yet insistently old-fashioned spin on the kid-lit classic My Friend Flicka.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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David Germain
Associated Press
October 18, 2006
The dull dialogue and predictable action corrals the actors.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
October 18, 2006
To call this the best horse-and-kid picture since The Black Stallion a quarter century ago is true but misleading; it's not really either an animal or a kids' film but rather a young adult drama that rings emotionally true.