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The Horse Boy Reviews

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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
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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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.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
September 30, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
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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

National Post
September 30, 2009
| Original Score: 1/4
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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
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
Kevin Lally
Film Journal International
September 25, 2009
Provocative and moving documentary focuses on parents of an autistic boy who take a radical course of action.
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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
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+
Cole Smithey
September 12, 2009
It's seldom that a film captures something as fragile as a transformation of the human soul, but this documentary of a family's journey to help their autistic child accomplishes just that.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
September 23, 2009
Inspiring, enlightening and affirmative journey into the mysteries of shamanism and autism.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Christopher Kelly
Dallas Morning News
September 11, 2009
The Horse Boy isn't trying to provide any definitive answers about autism. It's offering intriguing possibilities.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Lana Berkowitz
San Francisco Chronicle
September 11, 2009
The healing odyssey, directed by Michel Orion Scott, provides a powerful look at the complex condition of autism and family dedication.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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
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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
Harvey S. Karten
September 3, 2009
A heartfelt tale of a family that traveled to Outer Mongolia to exorcise their four-year-old's autistic dybbuk.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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