The Black Stallion - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Black Stallion Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 29, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Frank Rich
TIME Magazine
December 11, 2007
Ballard's sumptuous images exist only to distract from his rather conventional failings of craftsmanship.
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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
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
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
May 11, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
Breathtakingly beautiful, truly magical movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Scott Weinberg
July 26, 2002
One of those rare family films that goes on to earn true Classic status.
| Original Score: 5/5
Bob Grimm
Las Vegas Mercury
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
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Variety Staff
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.
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.
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
November 12, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Elias Savada
Nitrate Online
September 9, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
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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.
Brian J. Arthurs
Beach Reporter (Southern California)
March 24, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
April 7, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
September 9, 2004
Beautifully phortographed and surprisingly good.
| Original Score: 4/5
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
Audrey Rock-Richardson
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
August 22, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
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
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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.
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