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The Horse Boy Reviews

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Mike Scott
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
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
December 4, 2009
The story it tells is little short of incredible.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sarah Boslaugh
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
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 24, 2009
It's because the premise is so intriguing and the drama is so compelling that the result is so confounding.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
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
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
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
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Jason Anderson
Toronto Star
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
Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix
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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
Brian Orndorf
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+
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
October 16, 2009
The Horse Boy is a lovely, amazing, wonderfully provocative film.
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
October 8, 2009
An extraordinary journey of the heart and spirit, and a stirring testament to parenthood.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Steve Ramos
Boxoffice Magazine
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
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
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.
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Kevin Lally
Hollywood Reporter
October 1, 2009
The strength of the doc is that is does not propagandize with a heavy hand.
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
September 30, 2009
A well-edited, profoundly engrossing, inspirational and thoroughly captivating documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 30, 2009
A lyrical and stirring meditation on the mystery of autism.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
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.
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
September 28, 2009
Some people's stories are so interesting that a book or a movie adaptation alone simply won't suffice. Sometimes both are needed. Apparently, Rupert Isaacson's is one of them.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
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