Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story Reviews

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October 25, 2005
Despite thoroughbred work from Dakota Fanning, by the time the movie hits the final furlong it's only good for the glue factory.
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.
October 21, 2005
As a sports drama -- a genre that's gotten entirely too much play lately -- Dreamer is singularly unexciting.
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.
October 21, 2005
Too obvious, too trite and too sentimental to ever be more than Seabiscuit for tweens.
October 21, 2005
There's nothing particularly inspired about the film.
October 21, 2005
It makes a solid case that a wounded horse can heal a wounded family.
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.
October 21, 2005
Whatever its flaws, Dreamer is sure-footed, sure-fire family entertainment.
October 21, 2005
Gatins is so worshipful of a child's starry-eyed aspirations that he forgets to ground them in narrative honesty.
October 21, 2005
Treads a well-worn path that will likely feel familiar even to the newest crop of horse-crazy girls.
October 21, 2005
Absolutely solid family entertainment, Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story is corn-fed, wholesome and thoroughly satisfying.
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.
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.
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.
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.
October 20, 2005
Fanning and Russell make this watchable family entertainment, if not necessarily at today's prices.
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.
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