The Black Stallion Reviews

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April 28, 2018
The Black Stallion is a magical fable that basks in shimmering imagery, innocent wonder and the romantic longings that we thought Hollywood had left behind in the '50s.
August 24, 2017
Special effects, explosions, or CGI: none of these come close to a horse in full flight for pure excitement.
July 31, 2015
It does what the middle section of Terrence Malick's 'The Tree of Life' does too: It makes us kids again in the sense that everything we see feels rich, thrilling and most of all new.
July 22, 2015
The first half of the picture, set on the desert island, is magnificent, lightly invoking the eerie stillness and spiritual ambience of Australian efforts like Walkabout and Picnic at Hanging Rock. The second part is far more conventional.
July 21, 2015
will naturally speak to children, but without excluding those adults who still remember what it was like to be a child and how to see the world through a child's eyes-as difficult an artistic feat as I can imagine
July 21, 2015
Children of all ages can appreciate its simple, dialogue-light storytelling, while adults will relish it as ... a breathtaking piece of filmmaking.
December 28, 2010
Breathtakingly beautiful, truly magical movie.
December 11, 2007
Ballard's sumptuous images exist only to distract from his rather conventional failings of craftsmanship.
December 11, 2007
A simple film, sentimental but not mawkish, as enjoyable for adults as it is for children.
December 11, 2007
Carroll Ballard's feature debut is rich in adventure, suspense and mythical elements and marks the prize-winning short-subjects director as a major talent.
May 11, 2007
Deepens into a far more powerful entertainment through matchless cinematography and talented supporting players.
Top Critic
February 9, 2006
A magnificently well-crafted movie.
June 11, 2005
May 9, 2005
The director, Carroll Ballard, and the cinematographer, Caleb Deschanel, have captured so many lavishly beautiful images that the cumulative effect is one of repetition.
February 11, 2005
First-rate adaptation of the well-loved children's classic
November 12, 2004
September 9, 2004
Beautifully phortographed and surprisingly good.
April 7, 2004
September 9, 2003
July 23, 2003
Tells the enchanting story of a boy whose life is enriched by his relationship with a magnificent horse.
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