Over the Hills and Far Away

2009, Documentary, 1h 34m

34 Reviews 500+ Ratings

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An autistic pre-adolescent prone to tearful outbursts, Rowan Isaacson rarely talks to family members, but he seems to have a special bond with horses. Frustrated that Rowan isn't responding to traditional treatment methods, his parents take him on a journey from their home in Texas to a shaman's hillside abode in Mongolia. This documentary depicts how Rowan responds to the shaman's unusual combination of healing ceremonies and horseback riding.

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Kim Carroll
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Lili Haydn
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Critic Reviews for Over the Hills and Far Away

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (26) | Rotten (8)

  • Comes off as both an edifying work of advocacy and an invasive home movie.

    December 23, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's because the premise is so intriguing and the drama is so compelling that the result is so confounding.

    November 24, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • The film's particular story serves as a powerful reminder to all parents that a child's unique strengths and personality may suggest the best path toward healing.

    November 13, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The Horse Boy succeeds both as a provocative inquiry into the mysteries of autism and as a true-life adventure tale.

    November 13, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • It moved me right at my core and made me continually think of the world around us and how we treat it. Rowan's saga hits home soaring to heights so many narrative features can only dream of achieving.

    November 13, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • In the footage taken after the healing, we never see Rowan, except when he is happily playing with his new friends or smiling with his parents. Is that the whole story? You decide.

    November 5, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Over the Hills and Far Away

  • Nov 02, 2009
    Occasionally sappy but otherwise intriguing documentary about a couple whose severely autistic son seems to respond well to horses, so they take him to Mongolia, hoping the shamans and their strong connection to horses can make him better.
    Matthew L Super Reviewer

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