Prancer Reviews

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 14, 2014
A hodgepodge of Heidi and Meet Me in St. Louis.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
December 14, 2014
This is a tale about faith and love, but it's also a story of coldness and death. Prancer, you might say, puts the winter solstice back in Christmas/
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
December 14, 2014
Harrell carries the film with an impressive performance for a child whose only previous experience was as a singing litterbug in a school play.
Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
December 14, 2014
While charming in conception and beautifully photographed in the dead of a Midwestern winter, Prancer is marred by a principal role.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
December 14, 2014
It's a tribute to veteran TV writer Greg Taylor's script and, especially, to the acting of 9-year-old Ms. Harrell that the movie remains engaging and palatably sweet.
Dennis King
Tulsa World
December 14, 2014
In the end, Prancer is a simple pleasure as the story of one special child's faith in the spirit of Christmas, a faith that changes her family and her community for the better.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tom Hutchinson
Radio Times
December 14, 2014
This charming and disarming family film offers wish fulfilment to all but the most cynical of youngsters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
December 13, 2014
Prancer remains a real curiosity -- a movie that`s far from being successful on its own terms, yet better than those terms would suggest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Steve Crum
Video-Reviewmaster.com
March 14, 2009
Forgettable Christmas movie featuring Sam Elliott.
| Original Score: 2/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
November 27, 2007
Prancer deserves to join the select ranks of those Christmas movies we return to again and again.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
April 2, 2005
Harmless, pleasant Xmas-themed family fare.
| Original Score: 3/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
January 15, 2005
...worth a look around the holidays.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Staci Layne Wilson
StaciWilson.com
January 4, 2005
Off the beaten track.
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Caryn James
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Its plodding competence can't provide that effortless magical touch that Christmas classics are made of.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
March 24, 2003
An oddly dark, moving holiday film.
| Original Score: 3/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
January 8, 2003
Not nearly as bad as you'd think.
| Original Score: 3/5
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
July 29, 2002
kids and adults will both be pleasantly surprised
| Original Score: 3/5
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
November 13, 2001
It's a decent holiday season film, suited to the six-to eight-year-old set.
Full Review | Original Score: 67/100
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Harrell's brash debut, the use of animism and the story's sincerity add interest.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
The predictable ending could have been improved if it had been less explicit. Then again, a subtle show, this ersatz tearjerker is not.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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