Black Beauty Reviews

March 26, 2009
Although already filmed three times in the sound era, Black Beauty has never been put onscreen faithfully or well, a situation partially remedied by this affecting, rather grave rendition of the children's perennial.
Top Critic
February 9, 2006
Directing her first feature, screenwriter Caroline Thompson adopts a level-headed tone, avoiding the twin traps of sentimentality and sermonising.
May 21, 2003
This level of equine empathy takes getting used to, but it's worth the trouble. Ms. Thompson's film may be precious, but it's also rapturously pretty and filled with surprising passion.
January 1, 2000
January 1, 2000
Assuming a good picture is one that transcends its own material -- pulls in a variety of people with no special interest in the subject -- then "Black Beauty" is a lumbering candidate for the glue factory.
January 1, 2000
Stalwart, evocative and in every respect passable ...
January 1, 2000
It plays like a cross between New Age mysticism and anthropomorphism run amok.
July 29, 1994
Thompson, also making her directorial debut, is undaunted by would-be neigh-sayers.