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Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 21, 2005
Too obvious, too trite and too sentimental to ever be more than Seabiscuit for tweens.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 20, 2005
I have seen enough movies to know that 'wholesome' does not have to equate to 'unoriginal.' Yet there's not an inventive moment in the entire film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine
October 19, 2005
A sample of wholesome family entertainment that makes this critic thank God for David Lynch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 9, 2005
This DreamWorks release recycles just about every sentimental ploy and cliche from a raft of horse racing movies.
Kit Bowen
Hollywood.com
October 21, 2005
As yet another underdog/family flick that tugs mercilessly at our heart strings, it just doesn't offer anything new and exciting in this well-worn genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
May 12, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
October 21, 2005
Bland family fare that goes down easy but neither edifies nor challenges.
| Original Score: '2/4'
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
October 20, 2005
Some movies about horses take us for exhilarating rides, but Dreamer circles a well-worn trail again and again and doesn't know when to head for the barn.
| Original Score: 3/5
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
October 22, 2005
Seabiscuit-Lite (half the emotional impact and half as satisfying as the regular inspiration film).
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
October 20, 2005
The predictability of Dreamer makes it more likely to please those predisposed to the story line than to win any new fans to the equine romance genre.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
October 22, 2005
Triumphant coming-of-age drama (complete with horses!) [aimed] at little girls and their captive-audience fathers.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
October 19, 2005
...a well-acted chunk of Velveeta.
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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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Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly
October 19, 2005
The forced family dynamics just drag the movie down.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Hanh Nguyen
Zap2it.com
October 29, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
October 21, 2005
Solid work by Kurt Russell, Dakota Fanning, Kris Kristofferson and the equally sincere Elisabeth Shue can't win the race against a lame script.
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
October 21, 2005
There's nothing particularly inspired about the film.
| Original Score: 2/4
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
October 20, 2005
Dreamer: Still Better than Seabiscuit
Full Review | Original Score: C
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
October 20, 2005
Save for Dakota Fanning (who is marvelous no matter the role), there isn't a whole lot to enjoy or get involved in.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Janet Smith
Georgia Straight
October 30, 2005
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TheWrap
August 5, 2011

ComingSoon.net
October 21, 2005
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AV Club
October 21, 2005
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 22, 2005

Baltimore Sun
October 22, 2005

Boston Phoenix
December 6, 2005
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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November 18, 2011
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