Hidalgo - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Hidalgo Reviews

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
April 10, 2016
...the film's hold on the viewer dwindles steadily as it enters its progressively dull midsection...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kevin Carr
Fat Guys at the Movies
January 17, 2016
If you take it as historical fact, it's got a world of problems. But if you're just in the mood to be entertained, it can be a decent piece of Saturday afternoon escapism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 18, 2014
Whether or not the events depicted really happened to Hopkins, it's still a damn fun story.
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 24, 2010
Formulaic, overly simple, too violent for tweens.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kam Williams
Princeton Town Topics
April 25, 2007
The event around which the movie revolves is a desert mirage, since there is no record of any such race ever being staged. Nonetheless, those able to ignore this outrageous historical distortion might enjoy this triumph of an underdog aganst the odds.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Russ Breimeier
Christianity Today
September 25, 2006
Even if the story were true, the film's events have been fictionalized beyond belief.
| Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 31, 2004
[It's] so careful about being inoffensive that it never has the guts to suggest much of anything except 'Be Nice to Others and Especially to Horses.'
| Original Score: C
Mark Collette
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
September 16, 2004
Will Hidalgo survive the brutal desert to demand more creative control over his next film?
| Original Score: 2/4
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
September 1, 2004
Fitfully entertaining hokum as long as it isn't taken too seriously… Remarkably, Disney doesn't whitewash the more politically incorrect elements of Hopkins' tale.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
David Cornelius
eFilmCritic.com
August 4, 2004
This is grand cowboy fun, a wild adventure with a glorious sense of excitement and wonder.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
July 29, 2004
...why weren't the Disney folks content simply to tell a good story? Could it have been because they knew they didn't have a very good story?
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
June 13, 2004
The film's most harrowing scenes are predictable and utterly unoriginal.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
June 3, 2004
The picture plays out with the robust character of the old Flash Gordon movies.
| Original Score: 3/4
Nev Pierce
BBC.com
April 20, 2004
The stereotypes and blatant propaganda wouldn't irritate so much if the action itself wasn't so relentlessly dreary -- a desert of imagination, parched of original ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
April 9, 2004
An adventure that never met a cliche it couldn't saddle, mount and ride for a butt-numbing two hours and sixteen minutes.
| Original Score: 2/4
Edith Alderette
San Francisco Examiner
April 9, 2004
Completely lacks the nobility, statue, and credibility due such an amazing story, even if it is an old man's folly.
| Original Score: 2/4
Adam Nayman
eye WEEKLY
April 9, 2004
Slow, plodding and arduous, though spiked with occasional hiccups of excitement.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
April 8, 2004
It is pure popcorn fun, whether there is a grain of truth in the story, or if it is merely an entertaining western tall tale.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
Mark Sells
CineScene.com
April 5, 2004
An entertaining western adventure that radiates simplicity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
James Verniere
Boston Herald
March 24, 2004
It's a widescreen Saturday matinee movie gloriously resurrected.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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