Spirit - Stallion of the Cimarron (2002)



Critic Consensus: A visually stunning film that may be too predictable and politically correct for adults, but should serve children well.

Movie Info

Screenwriter John Fusco returns to the Western themes of his previous films Young Guns and Thunderheart with this animated children's adventure from Dreamworks. Matt Damon supplies the voice of Spirit, a wild Mustang stallion living free in the Old West of the late 19th century, where he's captured by human horse traders and sold to a cavalry regiment at a frontier outpost. There, a cruel colonel (voice of James Cromwell) nearly succeeds in breaking the willful horse, but not quite. Spirit … More

Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Animation, Kids & Family
Directed By: ,
Written By: John Fusco
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 19, 2002
Box Office: $73.2M
DreamWorks SKG - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Spirit - Stallion of the Cimarron

All Critics (129) | Top Critics (32)

There's nothing thrilling or new about the work here, but accomplished it is.

Full Review… | June 11, 2008
Top Critic

Spirit is smarter than your average cartoon because it doesn't try to joke around with a host of annoying talking animals.

Full Review… | December 26, 2007
Denver Post
Top Critic

There's not much of a story, the whole thing's a bit superficial, and there's little to laugh at, but it's still a refreshing change from the norm.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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An exciting and exquisitely rendered film in which the horse goes through as many adventures and perils as Indiana Jones on a good day.

Full Review… | November 4, 2002
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

A welcome family film that extols noble values and offers first-class animation.

Full Review… | July 20, 2002
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Many kids will like this mustang tale.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for Spirit - Stallion of the Cimarron


I really feel this film was lost potential. what I mean by that is that this film has one extremely fatal fault. It's the fact that the main character has a narration but doesn't talk. Now I like it that this film has a non-talking animal for once, but what is the point of giving him a narrative then if he isn't gonna talk? you already have him convey emotions well without dialogue with his facial expressions. But even then, they humanize the horse way too much, to the point that it just becomes distracting and I would've wanted him to talk. I feel that might've been what they originally had planned but scrapped it for some reason. Also the film is really also not all that interesting, the neighing gets old REALLY fast, and it's not very engaging. Many characters aren't interesting, and the music sounds far too, well, 80s sounding that it just feels off for this kind of film. The only thing I really like about the film is the villain played by James Cromwell, who plays a great bastard but actually has his limits, and I do like how the villain isn't killed off, in fact the villain knows he's beat and gives up, which I don't see in a lot of films. Other than that, it's just a bore. It has too many distracting features, characters aren't interesting, and it isn't well paced at all. I think more kids would be bored with Spirit than find it really funny or engaging. While it isnt the worst Dreamworks has done, it's not their best.

michael e.
Michael Edwards

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I loved this movie when I first saw it and It would be great too see a sequel. It has some of the best, most well crafted animation techniques i've evr seen in an animated film. Its heartwarming and in it's dark moments it might even make you cry.

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Directors Cat

Super Reviewer


It was okay. Not amazing, had me bored a ton. Story is good though.

Grade: C-

Matt Goodman

Super Reviewer

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