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The Horse Boy Reviews

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January 9, 2010
A sensitive and compelling portrait of the lengths one family is willing to go -- specifically, to the wilds of Mongolia -- to reach their autistic child.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 4, 2009
The story it tells is little short of incredible.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 25, 2009
True-to-life stories about the personal growth of attractive white people are all the cinematic rage these days ... and at its worst The Horse Boy seems both an invasion of privacy...and a cold-hearted attempt to cash in on a trendy topic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
November 24, 2009
It's because the premise is so intriguing and the drama is so compelling that the result is so confounding.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 13, 2009
What it might contribute to the topic of autism and change -- over and above the mysterious (but documented) healing power of hanging around horses -- appears to be hope.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 13, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 13, 2009
The Horse Boy succeeds both as a provocative inquiry into the mysteries of autism and as a true-life adventure tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 13, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 5, 2009
The Horse Boy is a nicely photographed real-life adventure, and with some wisdom about autism for everyone along the pathway.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 5, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 29, 2009
Horse Boy is a valuable, stirring motion picture. It's a poignant step to understanding the mysteries of the mind and a critical, exquisite reminder of unconditional parental love.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 16, 2009
The Horse Boy is a lovely, amazing, wonderfully provocative film.
October 8, 2009
An extraordinary journey of the heart and spirit, and a stirring testament to parenthood.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 2, 2009
By failing to break new ground in the non-fiction genre, Scott misses out on all the dramatic potential Horse Boy has to offer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 1, 2009
A fascinating examination of parental love and the blind faith that sometimes is required in what otherwise seems like a cold and cruel world.
October 1, 2009
The strength of the doc is that is does not propagandize with a heavy hand.
September 30, 2009
A well-edited, profoundly engrossing, inspirational and thoroughly captivating documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
September 30, 2009
It recounts a deeply personal, highly subjective and inarguably thought-provoking story of one family's quest for a certain kind of peace.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
September 30, 2009
A lyrical and stirring meditation on the mystery of autism.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 29, 2009
A quest toward an inevitable inspirational destination, continuing the recent trend of using precious theater space as dumping grounds for a-cinematic PBS also-rans.
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