It's got lovely vistas, and earnest performances, and Allison Lohman... is very believable.
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.
Alison Lohman, the 27-year-old actress who plays Katy, makes the whole thing worth watching.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
The apparent lesson of the movie? Keep disobeying your parents and you'll eventually get your way.
| Original Score: 2/4
Flicka is a bronc you shouldn't put money on.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
A perfectly pleasant updating of the story, well-acted, nicely directed and beautifully photographed.
| Original Score: 3/5
Often very beautiful looking, but gracelessly directed.
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.
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.
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.
The latest version of this beloved kid-loves-horse story has everything a film requires to attract an equine-crazy audience of all ages.
| Original Score: 3/4
As things progress, the magic of the story asserts itself over the audience.
A guaranteed tearjerker.
This is the kind of movie that many families are looking for, but all too rarely receive.
| Original Score: B
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.
[A] lovably corny adaptation of Mary O'Hara's grade-school classic, My Friend Flicka.
A well-made family drama pitched to young adults that's honest, tough and surprisingly engaging.
Girl meets horse yet again in this entertainingly ridiculous update of Mary O'Hara's 1941 childrens novel, My Friend Flicka.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Breathtaking scenery and the sweet story of a girl, her dad and a special horse make Flicka a worthwhile family flick.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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
At its best, the movie sounds like a standard Hollywood product in an automatic heartfelt mode.
Not to beat, well, a dead horse, but, despite its lovely scenery, likable cast and pro-mustang message, this Flicka seems superfluous and manipulative.
| Original Score: C+
A thoroughly uninspiring drama that ultimately buckles under Michael Mayer's weighty direction.
A new yet insistently old-fashioned spin on the kid-lit classic My Friend Flicka.
| Original Score: B-
The dull dialogue and predictable action corrals the actors.
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.