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The Black Stallion Reviews

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Matt Prigge
Metro
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.
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
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
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Austin Trunick
Under the Radar
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
Breathtakingly beautiful, truly magical movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Frank Rich
TIME Magazine
December 11, 2007
Ballard's sumptuous images exist only to distract from his rather conventional failings of craftsmanship.

TV Guide
December 11, 2007
A simple film, sentimental but not mawkish, as enjoyable for adults as it is for children.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Variety Staff
Variety
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.
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
May 11, 2007
Deepens into a far more powerful entertainment through matchless cinematography and talented supporting players.
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
A magnificently well-crafted movie.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
February 11, 2005
First-rate adaptation of the well-loved children's classic
| Original Score: 5/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
September 9, 2004
Beautifully phortographed and surprisingly good.
| Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 23, 2003
Tells the enchanting story of a boy whose life is enriched by his relationship with a magnificent horse.

Film4
May 24, 2003
This is an intelligent, moving and insightful nature drama that far exceeds its 'for kids' tag.
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 26, 2002
One of those rare family films that goes on to earn true Classic status.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
The film represents a studied, sophisticated approach to instinctual emotions: it's carefully, calculatingly naive, and amazingly it works.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
June 11, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
November 12, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
April 7, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
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