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Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story Reviews

October 24, 2005
A great family film.
October 21, 2005
For family audiences seeking easy assurance, moral certitude and, of course, moving scenes of a gorgeous, galloping horse.
October 21, 2005
Lovely family film, which has a way of resonating in one's imagination for days.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 21, 2005
As a sports drama -- a genre that's gotten entirely too much play lately -- Dreamer is singularly unexciting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 21, 2005
It's to Fanning's and Russell's credit, and the filmmakers', that the formula never gets the better of the film.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 21, 2005
Too obvious, too trite and too sentimental to ever be more than Seabiscuit for tweens.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 21, 2005
There's nothing particularly inspired about the film.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 21, 2005
It makes a solid case that a wounded horse can heal a wounded family.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 21, 2005
Fanning and Russell are a perfect, sweet-and-sour pair. And, of course, the horse is absolutely beautiful -- which, in the end, is what this all comes down to, anyway.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 21, 2005
Whatever its flaws, Dreamer is sure-footed, sure-fire family entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 21, 2005
Gatins is so worshipful of a child's starry-eyed aspirations that he forgets to ground them in narrative honesty.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 21, 2005
Treads a well-worn path that will likely feel familiar even to the newest crop of horse-crazy girls.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 21, 2005
Absolutely solid family entertainment, Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story is corn-fed, wholesome and thoroughly satisfying.
Read More | Original Score: B+
October 21, 2005
Most of what it lacks in originality, it compensates for in spirit, and its success is dependent on the commitment of the actors and the sense of family they evoke.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 21, 2005
It canters. It gallops. It clears fences of familiarity with grace. It stands two hands above most flicks bred for families, stirring pleasure at its fine-muscled gait.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 21, 2005
Any girl (and a lot of boys) in the target age group are going to make Dreamer one of their favorite films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 21, 2005
Closer to Seabiscuit than to Racing Stripes. For that, you can thank the entire cast of able underplayers, most notably Dakota Fanning.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 20, 2005
Fanning and Russell make this watchable family entertainment, if not necessarily at today's prices.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 20, 2005
Yes, Dreamer follows a formula, but the formula, when applied with skill and intelligence, as it is here, is pretty much foolproof.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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
October 20, 2005
The low-key charm of its setting underscores the easygoing performances of a relaxed, well-matched cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
October 20, 2005
It shows what can be done with overworked and potentially sentimental livestock fodder when everything about the production is first-rate.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
October 20, 2005
It's precisely what we expect -- no more, no less -- and in that capacity, it is supremely successful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 20, 2005
Though generally a formulaic girl-and-her-horse movie, the picture stands out from others of its ilk thanks to a remarkable performance by Dakota Fanning.
Read More | Original Score: B-
October 20, 2005
A case study in how an unrepentant formula picture can be made to seem like it has nothing to be sorry about.
October 19, 2005
The forced family dynamics just drag the movie down.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
October 18, 2005
Viewers will be encouraged to sleep, to dream of better movies.
September 13, 2005
Modestly engaging but mostly unexceptional.
September 9, 2005
This DreamWorks release recycles just about every sentimental ploy and cliche from a raft of horse racing movies.
September 9, 2005
Still manages to rouse spirits, in spite of everything.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4