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Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story Reviews

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
December 30, 2006
All the characters are familiar, the story is familiar, but it is well-constructed and the actors do a good job with the material.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Carolyn Arends
Christianity Today
September 22, 2006
Dreamer is loaded with enough clichés and formulas to choke a horse. But truly, it works.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
David Cornelius
March 31, 2006
It is a movie that will captivate children, yes, but it will also capture the hearts of the grown-ups, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Null
March 27, 2006
simply feels more professional than most family fare
| Original Score: 3/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
March 4, 2006
Screenwriting manuals have taught us that every film is (or should be) a Hero's Journey, but writer-director John Gatins takes that gospel so literally it's hard to know whether to admire his purity or marvel at his lack of imagination.
Steve Crum
December 11, 2005
The charismatic Fanning proves she is the best child actress in decades.
Full Review| Original Score: A-
Audrey Rock-Richardson
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
December 9, 2005
A quiet and poignant story.
Full Review| Original Score: B
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
November 21, 2005
Sure, it's as goopy as Kris Kristofferson is grizzled, but families might find a genuinely warm experience in the simple story of a child following her heart %u2014 especially in the rare moments when we're not told how to feel.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
November 15, 2005
This is a slow track of wish-fullfillment fantasy and all who come through the turnstiles will wear a happy face.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Todd Jorgenson
Denton Record-Chronicle
November 9, 2005
Painfully earnest and aggressively sappy, it requires an outrageous suspension of disbelief, and becomes even more far-fetched as it goes along.
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Linda Cook
KWQC-TV (Iowa)
November 2, 2005
Ah. Here's the family film we've been dreaming of all year long.
Full Review| Original Score: 3.5/4
Matthew Turner
October 29, 2005
In short, Dreamer may be shot through with cliches but they're good ones and, more importantly, they work. This is feel-good family entertainment of the first order and if you loved Seabiscuit, you'll love this too.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Marrit Ingman
Austin Chronicle
October 29, 2005
It manages to be a watchable, even enjoyable movie about and for girls, and in our world of candy-coated sparkly pink crap, that's a rare and commendable thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Angela Baldassarre
October 26, 2005
"Seabiscuit" it ain't, but "Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story" is one of those harmless horse movies that will entertain the kids.
David N. Butterworth
October 26, 2005
Dakota Fanning, the busiest child actor on the planet it seems, brings her usual maturity to this fine family film. The horse is pretty good too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
October 25, 2005
A nice film for a father to take his daughter to. Others may find it so by-the-numbers that even high-powered actors (+ a horse) have a hard time breathing life into it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
October 25, 2005
For fleeting moments, this movie about a little girl and her horse becomes one that fathers will know best.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jackie K. Cooper
October 25, 2005
An ordinary movie about a girl and her horse, but Dakota Fanning makes the difference.
Full Review| Original Score: 7/10
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
October 25, 2005
Its problems aren't its claims to truth so much as its letdowns to genre.
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Sean O'Connell
Charlotte Weekly
October 25, 2005
Mildly pleasant, but never once does it surprise us.
| Original Score: 2/4
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